Tons of security: Dump trucks protect NY Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade who come to see the soaring SpongeBob and Snoopy balloons may get a far less heartwarming sight this year: giant dump trucks filled with sand.

More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used along the 2 ½ mile parade route to create an imposing physical barrier to terror.

The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand.

This truck security tactic isn’t new. But the New York Police Department says it will play a bigger role at this year’s parade in the wake of the cargo truck attack in Nice, France, and a recent posting in an Islamic State magazine that called the parade “an excellent target.”

Despite that, authorities say they know of no credible threat.