Churchill Downs announces tightened security guidelines following Boston bombings

LOUISVILLE - Churchill Downs announced a new set of security guidelines Tuesday for the upcoming Kentucky Derby that includes a ban on coolers and all interchangeable lens cameras.

The tightened security is in response to the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 100 others, according to a Churchill Downs press release.

The track had issued its 2013 policies April 12 but released a revised version following the bombings.

The newly banned items include coolers, camcorders, cameras with large or detachable lenses, large purses, tripods and noisemakers. That list already included prohibitions on alcohol, backpacks, umbrellas, grills and any type of weapon.

Churchill Downs had relaxed some of its policies put in place following 9/11, but the recent update puts most of those restrictions back in place.

Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said in a press release that law enforcement partners endorsed the changes.

Fans will still be allowed to bring small cameras as long as they do not have detachable lenses or lenses longer than 6 inches.

The 139 th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place May 4. For more information on the race and banned items, visit Churchill Downs' website.

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