April 12 2017

What Not to Bring to the Boston Marathon



Going to watch the Boston Marathon? Authorities are asking spectators to be aware of some safety guidelines.


The Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Police Department are asking everyone planning on attending to Boston Marathon on Monday to use common sense to follow some guidelines to help ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience.


According to a statement from the Boston Athletic Association, spectators intending on watching the Boston Marathon from anywhere along the 26.2 mile course should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers. Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course, or in viewing areas on the course, may be asked to pass through security checkpoints and may have bags and other items being carried inspected.


To avoid delays, spectators are encouraged not to carry any of the items listed below:


  • - 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).


Additionally, spectators along the entire race route are encouraged to carry personal items in clear plastic bags.


“Using a clear plastic bag to carry personal items will enhance public safety and speed security screening,” the release states. “In all cases, spectators should keep their personal items under their immediate control at all times. Unattended items may cause delays.”


Finally, spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious conduct or items to the closest law enforcement officer or by calling 9-1-1.


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