Suspicious package reports on the rise since Marathon bomb

BOSTON (State House) – There has been an increase in suspicious package reports since the Boston Marathon bombing last April, leading to some strain on the State Police units that respond to such incidents.

“We’re glad that they’re turning out to be innocent, but it’s the heightened vigilance and anxiety that I think we’re seeing in the public,” State Police Superintendent Col. Timothy Alben said at a fiscal 2015 budget hearing Tuesday in Fitchburg.

The colonel told lawmakers that reports of suspicious packages have “gone through the roof” since last April.

There is a bomb unit at Logan International Airport and one in Stow, Alben said.

He told the News Service there is no requested budgetary increase for bomb-sniffing dogs.

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