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West Palm debates fake weapons at Halloween event

Posted at 6:10 AM, Oct 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-23 02:11:54-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - City officials and event organizers are clashing over whether fake weapons - as part of Halloween costumes - should be allowed at West Palm Beach's Moonfest.

City spokesman Elliott Cohen said Tuesday police will not allow any items that can be construed as a real weapon into Saturday's Halloween music festival.

But event organizers say the city and police already signed off on allowing faux weapons inside.

Moonfest organizer Maurice Costigan says security officers have never had trouble differentiating between fake and real weapons at the event. Participants have to enter through a gate manned by private security.

The Palm Beach Post ( reports that more than 30,000 people are expected to attend the event.