No immediate changes are planned to the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon after two bombs exploded Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, local officials said.
“We want to be careful in our decision making, not be knee-jerk, but make the right decision at the right time,” Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, said in an afternoon news conference.
Friday marks the 18th anniversary of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Watkins was joined at the news conference by representatives of the city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Police and Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services Authority, those from the medical field and marathon race officials.
Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said security personnel from several jurisdictions attend the Oklahoma City marathon, which is scheduled for April 28. He said the number of security personnel continues to increase because the marathon continues to grow.
Nelson also said bomb technicians have always been assigned to the race.
“We obviously have a heightened awareness when this anniversary comes up, but especially when things are exploding around the country,” Nelson said. “We have no specific information here. We try to plan for the worst-case scenario.”
The explosions in Boston killed three and injured dozens of people Monday afternoon.
Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London and other cities worldwide stepped up security Monday after the explosions at the Boston Marathon. British police also said they were reviewing security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett began Monday’s news conference at the national memorial by saying “our condolences, our sympathies and our prayers” are with those affected by what happened at the Boston Marathon.
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