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Police tighten security for Fourth

Marathon attacks lead to crackdown on items allowed

Security at the Fourth of July concert and fireworks display on the Esplanade will be more intense than ever before, officials said Tuesday, promising more police visibility, video surveillance, and a ban on backpacks and other items in a response to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.

“Some of these enhancements the public will see and some of them you won’t see,” State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben said at the Esplanade. “We are going to have more troopers on the Esplanade than ever before. We will also deploy numerous undercover troopers and federal law enforcement officers into the crowd to be alert, in an unobtrusive manner, for any suspicious activity.”

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