Security is number one priority at Pensacon 2018

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Thousands of people will be heading to the Pensacola Bay Center in costume this weekend for Pensacon, but there are some things to keep in mind if you plan on dressing up.

Michael Capps, the Assistant General Manager at the Pensacola Bay Center, says that Pensacon has grown enormously over the past five years.

The Bay Center has worked with the organizers of Pensacon throughout the years to make sure everything runs smoothly, and because safety is their top priority, this year there will be new security measures at the door, including metal detectors.

"Even though we're metal detecting, we're not stopping metal from coming into the building- we're stopping weapons. That's what we're looking for," Capps said.

He went on to explain, "This event is unique as well with weapons because you do have part of costumes-you have weapons. There is a weapons checkpoint process--it's listed on the Pensacon website that goes through it in detail. But there will be a checkpoint where people in costume with a toy gun--we have staff that will be there to verify, tag it, [to make sure] that it is safe [and to make sure] it is a toy, that it is indeed not a weapon."

Capps says there will be many costumes with a lot going on and he wants to make sure everyone stays safe.

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