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'We can't live in fear,' Detroit on alert after bombings in Boston

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Officials in Detroit are on alert after bombings killed three people and injured 140 others Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The operators of 2 international border crossings declined to discuss security measures, but say they're closely following the bombings. The Ambassador Bridge spans the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The Detroit Windsor Tunnel is the underwater connection between the two cities.Thousands of vehicles use the bridge and tunnel each day. Tunnel President Neal Belitsky said in an email that "all staff are sensitive to the incident in Boston."

Local leaders are also prepared to take extra precautions at upcoming sporting events in and around the city of Detroit. "Every event organizer around the country will start to take a closer look. And I'm sure that security measures will be heightened in the near future," said Dave Beachnau, the Executive Director of the Detroit Sports Commission.  Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan says the city's Homeland Security office is "prepared to respond appropriately to any concerns as it relates to ... Detroit."

And Detroit security expert Ned Timmons says the incident in Boston will have everyone on guard. "We learn and we assess all that intelligence, and we grow from it. We use that here in Detroit. They'll sweep the area. There is some indication one of the bombs in Boston was in a trash can. I'm sure they'll sweep all the trash cans. They'll use every piece of information and intelligence that they gained in Boston to make us safer here in Detroit," Timmons said.

And while much of the country is still reeling from the violence in Boston, local sports ambassadors are urging folks not to let this cowardly act stop you from doing what you like to do. "People shouldn't shy away because of concern an incident like this might take place. We can't live in fear and sports is a way for us to get away from all the other things in life that we deal with," Beachnau said.  "We're very confident that things we've done in the past continue to keep everyone safe."

Two-thousand runners are expected to compete in Sunday's Lansing Marathon. It includes a full 26.2-mile marathon and a half marathon. Police Chief Teresa Szymanski says people attending the Lansing marathon will be protected. She says there will be additional patrols and bomb sweeps.

- The Associated Press contributed to this story

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