Agency: Radiation test flights over Vegas Strip are routine

December 28, 2019 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Security preparations for Las Vegas’ New Year’s Eve celebrations include helicopter flights that officials say are routine to measure naturally occurring background radiation levels in the air over southern Nevada.

The low-level flights in a grid pattern over the Las Vegas Strip will be conducted during daylight hours Sunday and Tuesday the U..S. Department of Energy said in a news release.

Officials said the aerial testing is a normal part of security and emergency preparedness and that they were announcing the flights so people who see the low-flying helicopter won’t be alarmed.

Las Vegas police have said they’re prepared for 400,000 people to attend the celebration that officials have dubbed “The Big 20.”

Other security preparations include deploying plainclothes and uniformed officers, federal agents and resort security personnel in and around casino-hotels and on rooftops.

Glass bottles, coolers and backpacks won’t be allowed on the Strip after street closures begin in the evening.