PHOENIX (WWLP) – Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) provided a demonstration of how they search for weapons at large public events, such as Super Bowl XLIX. With hundreds of thousands of fans in the Phoenix area this week, security is number one.
An ATF agent and a trained sniffing dog performed an “Under the Helmet Demonstration” in which spent bullet shells were placed underneath a New England Patriots helmet. The video shows the dog sniffing out the material placed under the Patriots’ helmet (rather than the nearby Seahawks helmet).
“These dogs play a huge role in public safety and for a major event like this with everything that’s going on in Phoenix this week. They’re a very valuable player. We don’t take anything for granted. We throw everything we have at it,” said an ATF agent.
The agent explained that the Pats helmet was chosen because the Patriots are “explosive” this year, and that the dog chose the winning team!
22News reporter Kait Walsh is in Arizona for the big game. Stay with 22News and WWLP.com as she brings you all the excitement and unique experiences associated with this major event, right through Sunday.