Local agencies, landmarks on higher alert after Boston explosions

9:44 AM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Several Minnesota agencies and landmarks are on higher alert Monday night after the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland says they have deployed additional K9 and explosive detection dogs on high use bus and light rail routes. Siqveland says they have alerted all bus drivers, light rail train operators and supervisors to report any suspicious activity and suspicious items to law enforcement.

The Mall of America, one of Minnesot's largest tourist attractions, is also on higher alert. Spokesperson Bridget Jewell says personnel are talking to partner agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, to find out if they need to take any specific precautions in light of the tragedy in Boston.

And when Twins fans head to Target Field for tonight's game, they will see a larger presence of law enforcement. Chris Iles, Senior Manager of the Minnesota Twins, says there are certain security measures they take prior to every game, including inspecting interior and exterior garbage cans. They also conduct routine bomb sweeps with bomb-sniffing dogs, and inspect all cargo and delivery vehicles prior to allowing them access to the Target Field loading dock.

Future races in Minnesota are also at the forefront of people's minds. The Executive Director of Grandma's Marathon in Duluth says they will be reviewing and examining [their] security measures and protocols with the appropriate agencies in the coming weeks.

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