Security at the 118th Boston Marathon
Some of the security measures in place for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon today:
— More than 3,500 police officers — double the usual number — will be out along the 26.2-mile course, including undercover officers with special training.
— At least 100 strategically positioned video cameras will monitor the crowds.
— Spectators are asked to carry their belongings in clear plastic bags instead of backpacks.
— Spectators who do bring backpacks will be subject to a search.
— Coolers, quilts and other bulky items are discouraged.
— Security will be especially tight close to the finish line.
— More than 50 observation points will be set up near the finish line to monitor the crowd.
— Unregistered runners known as bandits won’t be allowed to participate.
— The Associated Press