APB News Staff Writer – New York City – December 3, 2015
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit Wednesday night without incident. After Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California that claimed the lives of 14 people, security was on the top of many people’s minds. Especially in places with large crowds where the people are bunched in close together.
The NYPD is on high alert ion Rockefeller Plaza throughout this holiday season.
The annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been a New York tradition since 1933.
The NYPD said there are still no credible threats against New York City, but they’re not taking any chances. Last Thursday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton reiterated that security will be in place throughout the entire holiday season. More than 2,500 officers were stationed along the Thanksgiving Day parade route, including cops from a newly formed elite counter terrorism unit. That unit will reach the full strength of 560 officers by New Year’s Eve.
The parade went off without any major security issues.
Terror fears kicked into high gear for many New Yorkers after the attacks in Paris last month and a subsequent ISIS video that came out a week before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The video showed a suicide bomber along with footage of the Times Square and Herald Square areas.