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Backpack ban at summer concerts

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In one month, Rockin' on the River, a popular northeast Ohio outdoor event in Cuyahoga Falls, will be kicking off, but a little different this year due to the recent Boston bombings.

As a security measure, backpacks at the event have been banned.

Police and organizers tell us they simply want to be proactive in light of what happened in Boston.

The Rockin' on the River concerts draw thousands of music lovers every summer. 

So, if you're planning to go this year, leave your backpacks behind because the website for the event clearly states that backpacks and duffel bags are prohibited. 

19 Action News Reporter George Smith asked a few people what their thoughts were on the backpack ban.

One person said, "It's great that they want to keep it safe.  I don't bring backpacks or coolers, so it don't bother me one bit."

While another person wasn't too confident that it would work, "I don't know how they're going to enforce it.  There are so many people that come down here."

With so many people and so many ways to get in and out of the open air venue, it might be difficult to stop every person with a backpack from walking in the area.

Local residents who've gone to past Rockin' on the River concerts said they and their families have always felt safe there, especially with the police presence.

Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Tom Pozza said they just want to be extra cautious. 

Police want to be clear-- If you have a backpack with medical supplies or an oxygen tank, you will be fine, but if there are non-essential items in it, you will be asked to take it back to your car.

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