BOSTON, Mass. (CNN) – This year’s Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday, and the city is ramping up efforts to make sure security is strong.
Planning for this marathon began a year ago, but following terrorist events around the world, it was beefed up dramatically in recent months.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says, “The FAA has banned drones from coming into the area. We’re going to use some anti-drone technology out there. So the public’s going to see some technology out there that we haven’t used before.”
Flying above the marathon route, the National Nuclear Security Administration sent up a helicopter taking baseline readings of radiation from Hopkinton to Boston.
Michael Mazur from the NNSA says, “That data is fed into the onboard computers and being monitored and analyzed in real time by scientists onboard the aircraft and it’s also being sent to the ground team for analysis.”
In other words, anything unusual detected by mobile units over the weekend and, on Monday, will immediately alert security forces.
Mazur says, “If the bomb were radiological in nature, we would expect to see it.”
While security has been ramped up this year, Evans had been hoping that wouldn’t be necessary. “I was hoping honestly that eventually we’re going to have to wean ourselves off that, but I think what’s happened in San Bernardino and what happened obviously in Brussels, obviously this is not the year that we were going to look to scale it back.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says, “We’re taking a lot of precautions. But seeing increased security presence should make everyone more comfortable.”
At least 30,000 people are expected to run in this year’s Boston Marathon.
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