Commissioners worried about explosions on Liberty Island with new security screenings

LIBERTY ISLAND, NY (WFLX) - The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom, is scheduled to re-open July 4, but new security screening measures have some people worried.

The landmark was closed to the public after it sustained extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy. Now, when it re-opens, security detail will be different.

Visitors will be screened after they've already arrived onto Liberty Island which has law enforcement and lawmakers concerned. "It means someone, God forbid, could bring an explosive device on the boat or actually explode that device right at Liberty Island or Ellis Island," said Senator Charles Schumer.

Before it closed, passengers were screened before they boarded boats to Liberty Island.

The NYPD Commissioner argues an attack on the statue would be much easier with the new plan.

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