Some fans arriving at the March Madness Music Festival were upset to learn that they're not allowed to take purses or bags into the festival at all. One woman who spoke to Fox 4 even resorted to throwing away her purse so she could get in.
People who showed up with bags and purses were told by authorities that the policy was changed overnight and that they'd have to either get out of line to take items home or throw their purses in the trash.
The change in policy is reportedly connected to the theft Friday night of a part that launches fireworks, which was supposed to be used at the festival.
The launcher went missing Friday from the staging area on the parking garage along Houston Street.
The NCAA posted this full policy online Saturday morning;
In consultation with Dallas Police, the NCAA is implementing a clear bag policy starting Saturday for the March Madness Music Festival and Bracket Town. This change is due to the missing pyrotechnics reported by the department Friday evening.
This policy is consistent with the clear bag policy already in place at AT&T Stadium for the Final Four.
Only small clutch purses, clear totes, plastic re-sealable storage bags or NCAA-provided clear bags will be allowed. Backpacks, large purses, camera bags, computer bags and luggage of any kind are not allowed.
NCAA-provided clear bags can be picked up at official NCAA hotels, Bracket Town, and the March Madness Music Festival. Fans who come to the concerts or Bracket Town with unapproved bags will not be permitted to enter.
People started lining up for the March Madness Music Festival as early as 6:00 a.m. Saturday. The event is being held at Reunion Park in downtown Dallas.
Detectives are investigating the theft, and Dallas Fire Rescue officials have been added as a precaution. Additionally, canines who can detect pyrotechnic material are searching several locations.
Authorities are also stepping up security at all other NCAA scheduled events.
For the full explanation from the NCAA, visit http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/clear-bags-needed-march-madness-music-festival-and-bracket-town.
For more information on the festival, visit http://www.ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest .
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