San Francisco police are on heightened alert today following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this morning, a police spokesman said. The explosions occurred sometime around 2:45 p.m. Initial reports indicated that at least two people were killed and nearly two-dozen injured. The Boston Marathon said on its Facebook page that the explosions were caused by two bombs. “We are working with law enforcement to understand exactly what happened,” race officials said. San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the department has increased patrols around the city’s “higher-profile potential targets,” and in areas where there are large crowds. Police are asking members of the public to be especially vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling 911. There was no heightened security at Bay Area airports as of 1:15 p.m.
San Francisco International Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the airport is waiting for direction from the Transportation Security Administration. “The TSA typically leads the way on that, and if there’s any changes that need to be made to our security procedures, they would communicate that out,” he said. Golden Gate Bridge spokeswoman Mary Currie said normal security procedures are in place along the span, but that bridge district officials are “aware of the situation” and are in communication with partner agencies to ensure safety.
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