January 31, 2018 10:19 PM
Two massive white tents surrounded by chain-link fence and secured by members of Minnesota's National Guard are currently set up at the State Fairgrounds.
There, U.S. Customs and Border Protection screen every truck and vehicle that needs to make deliveries to U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the Super Bowl .
"U.S. Bank Stadium is in an interesting location in the downtown area," said Lee Takaki, CPB supervising officer. "We needed significant blacktop to run these scans. We wanted to be as far away from the stadium as possible in order to make sure if anything were to happen we'd be isolated."
Inside each tent, there is a 15-foot high X-ray scanning machine that attaches to a truck that passes over delivery vehicles.
The CBP officer checks the truck's manifest, and if anything out of the ordinary or not on the manifest appears on the X-ray screen, the vehicle is searched.
After a truck or van has been cleared by federal agents, the driver must park outside of the tent to wait for a National Guard escort.
A military Humvee then leads the convoy of cleared delivery vehicles on the nearly 8-mile trek from the fairgrounds to the stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Each day this week, approximately 200 delivery vehicles are scanned by federal agents, who are partnering with Minnesota authorities at the inspection sites.
The scanning equipment is similar to the CBP scanning stations on the Minnesota-Canada border that inspect railcars entering the country.
"Ensuring security is what we do on a daily basis," Takaki said. "We're more than happy to bring our resources to the Super Bowl to help out."
Updated: January 31, 2018 10:19 PM
Created: January 31, 2018 09:42 PM
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