FBI: No credible threat to Hawaii after Boston bombings
Updated On: Apr 15 2013 10:58:23 PM HST
The FBI in Honolulu says that, in light of the explosions at the Boston Marathon, there is no current credible threat to Hawaii, according to FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.
Deputy Chief Dave Kajihiro of the Honolulu Police Department says officers will make more frequent checks of certain facilities and locations as a precaution. He says the department hasn't heard of any threats locally.
The state Department of Public Safety released the following statement:
"The Department of Public Safety will work with our law enforcement partners, both county and federal, to decide if any other security measures are needed, based upon the current threat analysis for Hawaii. The public can be assured that, based upon today's events, large venues or activities will be scrutinized thoroughly."
Mark Rigg, Director of the city's Emergency Services Department, said, "The Honolulu Emergency Services Department shares in the grief of the men, women and children impacted by today's tragedies. Our thoughts and prayers go to all the victims and the their families."
Rigg says the Emergency Medical Services Division has the equipment and training to respond to an attack similar to the one in Boston. EMS has used this equipment at previous large-scale event including APEC, the Pro Bowl and the Honolulu Marathon.
EMS also has a designated team of about 30 paramedics, EMTs and district chiefs in place to respond. They were most recently used at the memorial service of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye.
Local law enforcement in cities around the United States and abroad are increasing security in the aftermath of Monday's explosions, which killed three and injured more than 100.
Security expert Roger Strecker of Intercept Investigative Agency Pacific, says many times, critical information that may prevent an attack comes from a member of the public.
"I think government's posture of 'If you see something, say something,' really needs to resonate to the entire United States and the citizenry of our country," Strecker told KITV4. "We live in a post-9/11 era and it's really important."
Honolulu's marathon is held in December, with a route that runs through the tourist area of Waikiki.
The Federal Aviation Administration placed a flight restriction over the site of the blasts.
The FAA says that the flight restriction will not affect commercial air operations at Logan International Airport.
Explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday killed at least three people and injured dozens more.
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said, "My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by today’s senseless attack in Boston. I wish the victims a speedy recovery and hope their loved ones are able to find comfort during this difficult time. I would like to acknowledge the brave first responders, volunteers, and the everyday citizens who ran towards danger in order to help those in need."
Hanabusa continued, "As more information becomes available, we will find out who is responsible for this attack. Whether the enemy is foreign or domestic, they will be brought to justice. The people of Hawaii and the United States will stand by our brothers and sisters in Boston."
Click here to see pictures from the scene at the Boston Marathon.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie said, "On behalf of the people of Hawaii our thoughts and prayers go out the victims, their families, and many others impacted by the terrifying events that unfolded today at the Boston Marathon."
Tonight on KITV4 News at 5, 6 and 10, we will have reaction from people from Hawaii who were there at the marathon.
"Whether the enemy is foreign or domestic, they will be brought to justice." - Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on the Boston Marathon bombings
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