Myrtle Beach Police Department buys anti-terrorism equipment to protect pedestrians at events

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Myrtle Beach Police Department received a grant to purchase anti-terrorism barriers to protect pedestrians at events.

Each of the Archer 1200 vehicle barrier weighs 700 pounds and can be moved with a trailer. Cpl. Henry Bresadola with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said the barrier is a drop-and-stop device that’s set up on roads to prevent cars from going into restricted areas.

“To block streets or other places we don’t want vehicles to go whether intentionally or unintentionally,” Bresadola said.

Bresadola said the barriers will be used at Carolina Country Music Festival and other popular events held in the city each year.

“Whether it’s a small festival where a street needs to be closed off or something as large,” Bresadola said.

Bresadola said the barriers provide another layer of safety.

“We’ve seen time to time again where vehicles have unintentionally gone down the streets where they are closed for a festival. They may have not read a sign or they are just looking at one of the social media apps that direct them somewhere. They end up somewhere they are not supposed to be and possibly hurt people,” Bresadola said.

The department received more than $35,000 in grant funding for the devices in 2020 according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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