New Yorkers on high alert for July 4th after Tsarnaev brothers targeted city

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-02 22:50:46-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Cesar Jesena was on the course the day two terrorists attacked the Boston Marathon with a pair of pressure cooker bombs.

But that was then, and with both some time and distance between himself and the attack he thought he had gotten over that traumatic experience.

“So coming back here and having a strong support system you think you’ll be fine right, because nothing really happened.

He recently found out he was wrong.

“I recently went to an event where there was a big fireworks display that I was really looking forward to. So once the fireworks started, I got a little uncomfortable. I started having palpitations which is very unusual. And I started having clammy hands and I started being anxious,” Jesena said.  “So perhaps there was some residual fear in there.”

He suspects that residual fear has not subsided as we approach the Independence Day Holiday weekend.

He surely isn’t alone.

We now know the Tsnaraev brothers initially intended to set off their homemade pressure cooker bombs on July 4th this week, before changing their plans to instead attack the Boston marathon.

This year the threat is very real and the NYPD is acting accordingly.

The department says it will add large numbers of both uniformed and plan clothes officers, helicopters, boats, radiation detectors, street checkpoints…and mobile cameras.

“As with all major public events since 9/11, the NYPD employs a counter-terrorism overlay at such gatherings; more so this year in the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings,” said security expert Bob Strang, adding that in this climate the NYPD welcomes oversensitivity.

“It’s for real. And I think people realize that. I think the most important thing is that, if people see something unusual, and we say this all the time. But it’s more important on a weekend like this, if they see a package, or they see an unusual group forming, or something unusual, they should tell a police officer they should let somebody know.”