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Concrete barriers set up around FBI building as security precaution

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Concrete barriers surround the FBI building in Anchorage these days.

It's part of national efforts to step up security at FBI facilities since the terrorist attacks and not in response to any specific threats, special agent Eric Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said the safeguards set up Tuesday are necessary because the building has no setback from the street to protect more than 50 employees who work inside. Setbacks are required for federal buildings constructed after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

The East Coast attacks accelerated agency plans to upgrade security at the Anchorage FBI building, Gonzalez said. The concrete barriers will be replaced by permanent barriers.

The temporary barriers don't block public access to the building.



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