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Security tightened across state following weekend incidents

Members of the New York City Police Department stood guard near Penn Station on Sunday.
Members of the New York City Police Department stood guard near Penn Station on Sunday.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

State, federal, and local officials in Massachusetts on Sunday tightened security and increased information-sharing after a rash of violent incidents elsewhere, including a bomb blast in New York, but authorities said there are no known threats to local residents.

Governor Charlie Baker urged the public to be cautious, as he addressed reporters Sunday at a ceremony honoring service members killed in the Vietnam war.

“I think if you or your neighbors see something weird, you can pick up the phone and call the local police and let them know,” he said. “ ‘See something, say something,’ may sound a little corny, but the simple truth is that’s a ton of eyes and ears paying attention to this stuff, and it can really make a difference.”

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The Boston office of the FBI was exchanging intelligence with federal, state, and local law enforcement about Saturday’s explosion of a homemade bomb in New York City; the separate detonation of a pipe bomb in New Jersey; and the nonfatal stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall, according to Kristen Setera, a spokeswoman.

“We have no specific, credible threats to our area at this time,” Setera said in a statement.

She said the FBI communicated with security staff at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, as the Red Sox played the New York Yankees on Saturday and Sunday and the New England Patriots hosted their home opener against the Miami Dolphins.

The Boston FBI division also sent members of its evidence response and hazardous materials teams and a bomb technician to aid in the New York and New Jersey investigations, Setera said.

Massachusetts State Police assigned extra troopers, K-9 units, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Units to public events, including Sunday’s Patriots game and Saturday’s Mix 104.1 MixFest on the Boston Esplanade and Hell’s Angels fall picnic in Lee, according to David Procopio, a spokesman.

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Officials at the Commonwealth Fusion Center, which works with local, state, regional, and federal public safety agencies, were closely monitoring intelligence related to the violent events in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, State Police said.

Authorities at the center in Maynard also gathered information on a Philadelphia incident late Friday in which a gunman shot two police officers and four others, leaving a 25-year-old woman dead.

The governor said the Commonwealth Fusion Center “is in constant operation, 24-seven.”

“They’re constantly collecting data and information,” Baker said, “gathering intelligence . . . and because of that, a number of times over the last 12 months, people have been brought in and questioned, or they’ve been intercepted on their way to an event.”

Procopio said the center shared information about all public events in Massachusetts with local police and the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which oversees Homeland Security efforts in Greater Boston.

Officer James Kenneally, a Boston police spokesman, said in a statement that the regional center was “closely monitoring the series of troubling incidents.”

Kenneally stressed that authorities have “no information to suggest similar threats in Boston.”


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Globe correspondent Alexandra Koktsidis contributed to this report. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.