University of Mobile’s cross country coach says he saw bomb sniffing dogs, spotter on roofs before explosion at Boston Marathon

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Boston-Marathon-explosionBy now, you’re well aware of the tragedy that occurred during the Boston Marathon on Monday. And as you know, we were out of the loop on Monday, so we’ll spend today trying to cover the aftermath of the tragedy.

We’ll start with University of Mobile cross country coach Ali Stevenson who participated in the race. Stevenson told Local 15 in Pensacola that there were bomb sniffing dogs and spotters on the scene just minutes before the first explosion. According to Stevenson, race officials were adamant that there was no need to worry as the dogs and spotters were merely part of a training exercise.

“They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,” Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15.

Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He’s been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.

“Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” Stevenson said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”

According to a state government official, there were no credible threats before the race. But it seems that someone took some type of threat seriously.


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