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Police: Belvidere, Dalton Streets Re-Open Near Scene Of Boston Marathon Bombings

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BOSTON (CBS) – Police Commissioner Ed Davis says more streets around the Boston Marathon bombings crime scene may be opened Wednesday afternoon.

“We may be collapsing the crime scene later today,” Davis told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Immediately after the explosions, police sealed off a 15 block area around Boylston Street.  That area was reduced to 12 blocks Tuesday.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Belvidere and Dalton streets were opened to the public, allowing access to the hotels in the area. And Boylston Street was slated to be opened between Massachusetts Avenue and Hereford Street.

“This is very much a situation that is fluid and emerging and people have to be cautious,” Davis said.

The state Transportation Department reopened the Exit 22 ramp on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike on Wednesday.  However, drivers can only use the lanes that lead to the Prudential Center and Huntington Avenue.  The Copley Square side of the exit will remain closed.

Boston Police were leading the investigation for the first 24 hours after the bombing. The case has since been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation with local and state police assisting.

“We want to make sure there is high visibility so people feel safe,” Davis said. “The officers are alert and we are responding to scores of suspicious packages, we will be going to everything that gets reported.”

In his interview with WBZ, Davis thanked the public for the countless tips police have already received and urged the community to continue to work with investigators.

“We really need the public to work with us and report suspicious activity,” Davis said. “It’s teamwork between the police officials and public that makes the community safe.”

Tips 1-800-494-TIPS or 1-800-CALL-FBI | Email photos to: boston@ic.fbi.gov

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