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Security Officials Prepare For Manhole Explosions, Other Dangers At Super Bowl

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Thieves have stolen eight storm drain covers in Arlington Heights, each worth about $100 and weighing 100 pounds. (CBS)

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INDIANAPOLIS (CBS) — Indianapolis is gearing up for next Sunday’s Super Bowl, and not just from a tourism and fan standpoint.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, when it comes to security risks, the federal government ranks the Super Bowl just below national events involving the president.

That has Indianapolis police and Homeland Security officials on their toes. They are preparing for everything from the usual – pickpockets and prostitution – to terrorist attacks and even blown manhole covers.

In December, Indiana Power and Light began installing 150 new locking manhole covers around Lucas Oil Stadium, at a cost of $2,000 each.

In recent years, explosions underground have caused manhole covers to be sent flying, and Indiana officials do not want that to happen this week. There have been six such incidents since January 2010, according to CBS affiliate WISH-TV.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports


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