April 16, 2013

Security heightened in U.S., Great Britain

By Tami Abdollah and Colleen Long/The Associated Press

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Police monitor New York’s Times Square as security in the city was stepped up following the explosions at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon on Monday.

The Associated Press

Security was also tightened at sports venues nationwide, though most events were held as planned. The postponement of Monday night's NHL game between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators, and the cancellation of Tuesday's NBA game between the Celtics and Indiana Pacers -- both events to be held in Boston -- were the most tangible reactions by sports officials to the explosions.

Still, officials announced plans for security reviews of upcoming marathons and road races in cities large and small, including this weekend's marathon in Lansing, Mich., Nashville's Country Music Marathon on April 27, next month's Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the San Francisco Marathon in June.

Race officials for the Illinois Marathon in Champaign and Urbana, Ill., said they were already fielding calls from worried runners and their families and planned to meet Wednesday to discuss more security measures such as bomb-sniffing dogs.

"I took a call from a very irate parent who screamed at me because I won't cancel the race, because I'm putting her daughter at risk," said Jan Seeley, a director for the Illinois Marathon. "And we're anticipating more of that."

Even so, life went on as usual in locations across the country. In New York's Times Square, tourists crowded the sidewalks seemingly unconcerned about any possible heightened risk. One area was being emptied -- but for a movie shoot, not for security, as helicopters buzzed overhead.

Shelly Bybee, 42, a teacher visiting from Austin, Texas, said the idea of public safety was more on her mind, and particularly in New York, given the Sept. 11 attacks.

But, "that was on my mind even before I heard about the explosion in Boston," she said. Overall, "I feel like we should continue living and go about our business."

 

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