Security Stepped Up in Minn. After Boston Explosion

Updated: 04/16/2013 10:49 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Nearly 1,500 miles away, the chaos in Boston is being closely monitored in Minnesota.

From a St. Paul Command Center, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Homeland Security are monitoring developments out of Boston.

Officials say we have no credible or known threats in Minnesota that are related to this situation in Boston. Security is being stepped up as "An abundance of caution."

Metro Transit tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "We are elevating our security profile though this evening and beyond."

Officers are on duty at Metro Transit sites and K9 teams will be sent to critical sites around the metro.

Authorities are urging the public to report anything that appears suspicious.

As the Minnesota Twins take on the Angels Monday night, screeners at the gates were requiring fans to open their jackets, a new security measure put in place for the evening.

The team released the following statement on its security procedures:

"As always, fans attending tonight’s game can expect an appropriate law enforcement presence including personnel from Twins Security, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Met Transit Police Department.

We conduct routine bomb sweeps every homestand with bomb-sniffing dogs provided by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and Hennepin County. Interior and exterior garbage cans are inspected prior to each game. We are in constant contact with the police and Homeland Security regarding any potential threats.

The Target Field loading dock was closed at noon today (standard procedure) and all incoming trucks and delivery vehicles are given a thorough undercarriage and cargo inspection prior to being granted access (also standard procedure)."

Minneapolis Police and Metro Transit Police are increasing security in and around Target Field as a precaution. Metro Transit deployed K9 teams and called in extra officers for Monday night, as well as put its drivers "on alert" to report suspicious packages or items.

"This is out of an abundance of caution," Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland explained.

"Transit systems all over the country are taking these measures this evening. There are no immediate or specific threats to the transit system nor the region," he said.

Minneapolis isn't the only state evaluating its security. Authorities in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Washington, D.C. and other cities worldwide also stepped up security.

The Twins, Angels, and the 23,535 fans in attendance Monday night observed a moment of silence before the playing of the National Anthem.