Crowds flocked to the Boston Marathon finish line Sunday but on Monday the area will essentially be locked down with heightened security in place.
Boston Police are planning changes to their security plan after a scare at the finish line on Tuesday evening, hours after remembrance services marking one year since the Marathon bombings.
Kevin Edson told police he had a rice cooker in his backpack. Officers told him to place it on the ground, the area was evacuated, and the backpack was detonated.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says patrols will be stepped up because of Tuesday night’s incident.
Organizers and law enforcement officials are urging Boston Marathon spectators to leave backpacks and other bags at home. They also say crowds will be limited at the finish line where two bombs exploded a year ago.
Images will feed in real-time into eight command centers in a connected network that did not exist last year.
Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis joined WBZ-TV for exclusive insight on securing the Boston Marathon.
The Boston Athletic Association has announced new rules for runners in this year’s Boston Marathon.