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Beefed-up Canalside security to include police substation

A little more than a week since rumors of gunshots swirled around the Fourth of July fireworks show at Canalside, state and city officials on Wednesday announced changes to security procedures for future at the waterfront venue.

Here’s what steps are being taken – some immediately, and some in the future – at the site:

• More Buffalo police officers will be stationed at Canalside to assist private security

• Buffalo police will establish a substation at Canalside

• Buffalo Peacemakers will have an increased presence

• Increased lighting

• Double fencing for better control of site perimeters

• Enhanced security screening

“There will be zero tolerance for any unruly individuals or those looking to cause trouble at the waterfront,” the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. said in a news release announcing the changes.

Over the coming weeks, additional changes will be made to the event security policy for concerts and large events, including:

• Anyone ejected who tries to re-enter the venue will be charged with trespassing

• Gates will close at 9:30 p.m. and no one will be allowed entry after that time

• Backpacks will be banned