Cleveland releases list of items you can't carry in presidential debate 'event zone'

Posted at 1:09 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 13:09:04-04

CLEVELAND — Due to heightened security surrounding next week’s presidential debate in Cleveland between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the city has announced a list of items that will not be allowed in the “event zone.”

According to Cleveland officials, the event zone is from East 79th Street to Stokes Boulevard and Hough to Cedar avenues surrounding the Cleveland Clinic main campus.

The ban goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 28 and lasts until 6 a.m. on Sept. 30.

Here is the list of prohibited items, according to the city:

  • Lumber larger than 2” in width and ¼” thick, including supports for signs
  • Metal, plastic, or other hard material larger than ¾” thick and 1/8” in wall thickness including pipe and tubing
  • Any air rifle, air pistol, paintball gun, blasting caps, switchblade or automatic knife,knife having a blade two and one-half (2-1/2) inches in length or longer, cestus, billy, blackjack, sword, saber, hatchet, axe, slingshot, BB gun, pellet gun, wrist shot, blackjack, metal knuckles, nun chucks, mace, iron buckle, axe handle, shovel, or other instrumentality used to cause property or personal damage
  • Any dangerous ordinance, weapon, or firearm that is prohibited by the laws of the State of Ohio
  • Any explosives, explosive device, or incendiary device
  • Fireworks and rockets
  • Sound Amplification Equipment
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Containers of bodily fluids
  • Aerosol cans
  • Mace, Pepper Spray or other chemical irritant
  • Umbrellas with metal tips
  • Any projectile launchers, such as water guns and water cannons
  • Rope, chain, cable, strapping, wire, string, line, tape, or any similar material, in greater than 6’ lengths
  • Glass bottles, ornaments, light bulbs, ceramic vessels, and anything else frangible, regardless of whether the container holds any substance
  • Locks including, without limitation, padlocks, bicycle locking devices, chain locks, or similar devices, but not including: (i) an integral component of a conveyance or structure; (ii) locks when utilized by the owner of private real property to secure permanent or temporary fencing; or (iii) locks attached to a bicycle
  • Tents and other shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, mattresses, cots, hammocks, bivy sacks, or stoves
  • Coolers or ice chests
  • Backpacks and bags exceeding the size of 18” x 13” x 7”
  • Lasers
  • Non-plastic containers, bottles, cans, or thermoses
  • Ladders
  • Grappling hooks, sledgehammers, hammers, and crowbars
  • Canned goods

The city is also asking residents who witness anything suspicious to report the incident to police.

"Violence and illegal activity will not be tolerated," the city stated in a news release. "Members of the public are invaluable partners to law enforcement as they are our eyes and ears. If you see something, say something. Report illegal and suspicious behavior to police."

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