US No flyover during Boston Marathon start, but 3,000 police lining the route

18:01  16 april  2018
18:01  16 april  2018 Source:   The Boston Globe

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Minutes after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 2:50 p.m., reports started rolling in. An Associated Press photo of Boston police , fire, and EMS services swarming the scene The Globe has a graphic showing the blast sites on the marathon route .

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HOPKINTON — Some 3,000 law enforcement officers fanned out along the Boston Marathon route on Monday morning to provide security for the race, authorities here said.

During a morning briefing under a steady rain near the starting line, Hopkinton police Chief Ed Lee said about 1,000 officers from various agencies were positioned near the starting line in his town, with remainder keeping watch elsewhere along the route.

The chief said there would be no ceremonial flyover due to inclement weather. One silver lining to the storm, he said, was that security would be more manageable in light of the thinner crowds.

“We are certainly prepared for this Marathon. We are using the same footprint — security plan — since the bombing five years ago,” Lee said. “And we just continue to build upon it. We are certainly prepared to handle anything that comes our way.”

Lee was joined at the briefing by State Police Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin and FBI Special Agent in Charge Hank Shaw from the bureau’s Boston field office.

Security near the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. © David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Security near the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.

“As you can see by looking around the crowds are a lot lighter than normal,” Lee said. “It certainly helps make our security screens a little easier.”

Lee said that instead of the usual 10-minute delay between the third and fourth waves of runners, they will just send the fourth right behind the third.

“As far as any other plans you can check with the” Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the Marathon, Lee said.

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