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Rough weather calls for extra security at Boston Marathon

BOSTON (WWLP) - It's been five years since the deadly Boston Marathon Bombings, and security was tighter than ever on Monday.

It takes six months for more than 40 organizations to plan the security procedures every year.

Seventy different agencies executed those plans for this year's race.

Inside the Unification Coordination Center, representatives from each of the eight towns the marathon run through spent the day monitoring screens and watching for alerts.

“So about 8,000 people in the field,” said Kurt Schwartz, director of MEMA. “This coordination center here today is about 250 people. There's another eight to 10 command posts across the communities as well. So a big operation.”

Normally on race day, four state police helicopters watch the race from above, but because of Monday's poor weather, they used drones to keep track of the air.

But security was increased on the ground with more than 100 video feeds and hundreds of officers on foot.


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