(Updated 4/15/2013) Baltimore City is in a state of heightened security awareness until tomorrow evening following two bomb explosions during the Boston Marathon around 3 p.m., Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said April 15.
“In response to today's incident and in consultation with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, I have raised the security awareness level for the city of Baltimore. There is an increased presence of uniformed officers in critical areas across the city,” said Batts in a press conference around 6:30 p.m. “Tomorrow we will be deploying special operations officers in different locations throughout the city also.”
About four hours into the race, which brought nearly 27,000 people into downtown Boston, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon killing three and injuring nearly 100 other people.
The bomb shook buildings and caused runners, spectators and marathon officials to run away from the explosion.
The blast blew off the limbs of several people in the area. Other suffered fractured torsos, lacerations, burns and a gamut of other injuries from the explosion. More than 50 people ranging in age of three to 62 years old. were rushed to emergency rooms of local area hospitals officials said. At least eight people are in critical condition and another 14 in serious condition.
In a press conference President Obama said those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.”
Armed guards are patrolling the entrances of Boston area hospitals, restricting entry to hospital staff and the injured. Family and friends of those injured wait frantically outside of hospitals, officials said.
Officials said a third bomb found near the marathon site was defused by a team of police ordinance technicians.
The Baltimore City Police Department will be deploying tactical teams checking infrastructures, public transportation and all special events and sports events. Including the April 16 schedule baseball game between the Orioles, and the Tampa Bay Rays, Batts said.
“I have personally been in contact with our local FBI agency, our state police and county police and there are no credible threats at this time to this area or to the city of Baltimore, but it is prudent to take cautious steps,” Batts said.
Security has also been beefed up in New York City and Washington, D.C.