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Police, But No Screening On Bridge For Papal Visit

Rumors are swirling about security checks during the papal visit to Philadelphia. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal has the truth about security. (Published Friday, Aug. 7, 2015)

The U.S. Secret Service says pedestrians should expect some kind of law enforcement presence on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge during Pope Francis' visit next month, but no screening stations.

The agency, which is in charge of security for the pope's visit to Philadelphia, said Friday neither the Secret Service nor the city of Philadelphia will be screening papal visitors walking across the bridge.

"What visitors should expect is some type of law enforcement presence on the bridge to ensure those who wish to cross, can do so in a safe and expeditious manner,'' the Secret Service said.

The Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the bridge, said it is not discussing its security plans at this time.

The bridge will be closed to all vehicles except trains during the pope's visit the weekend of Sept. 26-27.

The Secret Service says it will eventually publish a list of prohibited items for papal event visitors, but the restrictions will apply only to people accessing specific papal venues in Center City Philadelphia.