Heightened security in DC after Boston blasts

Heightened security in DC after Boston blasts

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The Secret Service says it has expanded its security perimeter around the White House following the explosions at the Boston marathon.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says the perimeter was expanded out of an abundance of caution, and it's not unusual for the agency to expand or contract security perimeters.

Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, say the department is on heightened security status, but did not provide any further information. And Metro Transit Police say they have ordered all day shift patrol officers to stay on duty through the evening rush.

In Maryland, Prince George's County Police say they have increased security at all critical infrastructure in the county. Baltimore officials also say public safety agencies have moved to a state of heightened awareness.

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FROM METRO: Metro Transit Police Chief Ronald Pavlik has ordered all day-shift patrol officers to remain on duty through this evening's rush hour to increase the security posture of the transit system. Metro is taking this step in an abundance of caution. There is no specific or credible threat against the Metro system at this time.

Customers are urged to report suspicious activity or unattended packages by calling Metro Transit Police at (202) 962-2121. Customers are encouraged to program this number into their mobile device. Metro Transit Police continue to monitor events in Boston and will take appropriate measures to heighten security.

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