Artpark concert-goers are let into venue following investigation

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LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State Parks Police have confirmed that a Niagara County Sheriff’s Department K9 dog at Tuesday night’s Randy Bachmann/54-40 show at Artpark gave indication of a smell by the stage.

According to State Parks Police, a K-9 dog picked up an odor around the stage area around 4:45 p.m. during a routine check. A second dog was brought in, and that dog picked up the smell as well. The Erie County Bomb Squad and other agencies performed a full sweep of the area and did not find anything, including any suspicious packages.

“We’ve been doing this for at least four years now and given the world events we continuously evaluate our safety procedures and precautions and try to improve on them all the time,” Lt. Clyde Coty of the New York State Parks Police said.

Concert-goers were let into the venue around 8 p.m. and both bands performed.

PHOTO FROM KAITLYN HIRGSTETTER

 

The Artpark curfew was extended to 10:30 p.m. because of the incident.

While law enforcement agencies checked to make sure that the venue was secure, concert-goers waited in line, some of them using their lawn chairs to sit in line.

Kaitlyn Hirgstetter took this video at Artpark:

State Parks Police was the lead agency on the case. Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, Lewiston Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations were also on scene.

State Parks Police say they still don’t know what alerted the dogs.

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