Boston Bombings Prompt Tighter Security at Mackinac Bridge

Posted at: 04/16/2013 12:45 PM

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - Police in Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas say bombing at the Boston Marathon will prompt tighter security during walking and running events along the 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge.

Mackinaw City police Chief Patrick Wyman tells the Petoskey News-Review that screenings for packages and other added measures may come during a Memorial Day run, a popular Labor Day walk and an event in September.

Wyman says new security measures will include checking into trash cans at the start, end and along the route.

State police St. Ignace Post commander Lt. Joe Shier says the primary risk areas are the start and finish line, and traffic along the bridge's other lane during events.

The bridge crosses the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge.

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