April 15 2015

What Not to Bring To the Boston Marathon

By: Rich Hosford

The Boston Marathon is this upcoming Monday and local and state police forces will be out in force to ensure everyone’s safety. 

As was the case last year, security will much tighter than it was at Marathons before the 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured over 250 more. Part of the security measures include restrictions on what spectators can bring with them to the sidelines of the race. 

“While this year’s Boston Marathon is expected to draw great interest from the community, leading to a significant number of fans and spectators, those interested in attending the race are also being asked for their cooperation in following reasonable and common sense guidelines that will help ensure the safety and security of all participants, volunteers and spectators,” a notice from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) states. 

MEMA added that viewers at the race can expect a significant presence of both uniformed and plain-clothed low enforcement officers. 

“Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course, or in viewing areas on the course, may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items,” the notice continues. “To avoid delays, spectators are encouraged not to carry any of the items listed below.” 

MEMA is also asking that all spectators can personal items in clear, plastic bags. This will be increase security and speed up screenings. 

Everyone at the race can also help ensure it is a safe event by participating in the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. 

“Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious conduct or items to the closest public safety official or by calling 9-1-1,” MEMA says. 

Finally, people along the course are discouraged from possessing any of the following items: 

• Weapons or items of any kind that may be used as weapons, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.

• Backpacks or any similar item carried over the shoulder. 

• Suitcases and rolling bags/rollers. 

• Coolers. 

• Glass containers or cans. 

• Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks or explosives. 

• Any container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid. 

• Handbags or packages or bulky items larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches. 

• Large blankets/comforters, duvets, sleeping bags. 

• Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body. 

• Props (including sporting equipment and military and fire gear). 


Credit: MEMA



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