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Tampa, Florida -- Several security changes are coming to the Florida State Fair a year after nearly 100 youngsters stampeded during student day, and one teenager died trying to cross a highway after leaving the venue.

Among the changes will be 60 security cameras that will be used by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to watch for trouble. Last year deputies had only about 20 security cameras.

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Other changes include:

- Students must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age after 6 p.m. on the annual free student day.

- Every student must have a student photo identification card from Hillsborough County to enter.

- The sheriff's office will have a detention center, or holding area, for those youngsters who misbehave.


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The changes come after the last state fair when 99 teenagers were kicked out of the fair for not following the rules. They were stampeding, robbing and fighting other fairgoers and law enforcement.

Andrew Joseph, 14, died when he was struck by a car as he tried to cross Interstate 4 after being kicked out of the fair.


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