In wake of Boston tragedy, will security within Charlotte change?

In wake of Boston tragedy, will security within Charlotte change?

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 1:47 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the wake of the Boston Bombings there has been no effect on the security threat level here in Charlotte.

What security professionals have been doing is monitoring the situation and listening.

"There is information being shared about what happened and the lessons learned and in the next coming  weeks were sure going to get a lot more details," said Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin of the Charlotte Fire Department. He also heads Emergency Management.

Those details will determine how security will change in Charlotte for large, open crowd events like the Wells Fargo Golf Championship or Speed Street.

“I would expect to see some packages searched, more security, more security guards, higher level of vigilance, admonition to the public if you see something say something,” said Chris Swecker former Assistant FBI Director.

Swecker agrees with the decision not to raise the Charlotte threat level, he says it’s best not to overreact.

He says the materials used by the bomber were simple, deadly and easily obtained.

"It’s very similar to the Olympic bombing in 1996 where it appears to have been filled with shrapnel nails bolts metal and that's designed to inflict mass horrible casualties," said Swecker.

There may not be a whole lot of changes for basketball or football games where fans have to go through a metal detector and their bags searched prior to entry.

Swecker worked on security for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, he says their worst nightmare was entrances and exits for venues, because they are bottlenecks with thousands of people around and no easy way to secure them.

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