Boston Marathon bombings trigger re-evaluation of security at Detroit's big events

DETROIT (WXYZ) - With several major events coming up in Detroit – security measures are being re-evaluated in the wake of the Boston bombings.

A day after the Boston marathon turned deadly organizers of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are already taking a closer look at how they can keep everyone safe at the race.

"There's a very comprehensive security plan, that both DPD and all the state, federal,  and local agencies have for our event," said Charles Burns, general manager of the Grand Prix.

While the Boston bombings have everyone in the sporting events world on high alert - Burns says he does not anticipate security measures changing drastically for the race next month.

"We take a look at the grandstands, emergency action plans, evacuation plans for each event, so I don't think anything is going to change from that point.  We focus pretty hard on making sure we have fan safety," Burns told 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo.

Burns says security personnel will be searching bags and backpacks – and he believes spectators can be the best eyes and ears to alert police to a potential danger.

"What happened yesterday is inhuman in my opinion," said racing superstar Christian Fittipaldi.

Fittipaldi says he's confident Detroit police and federal agents will keep both Grand Prix drivers and fans safe.

"I really don't anticipate any problem and, unfortunately, what we had yesterday was a huge tragedy.  Now we have to turn the page and move on and learn from what happened yesterday but I think the future is very bright," said Fittipaldi.

Securing a 26 mile marathon may be more challenging – since the race route is so long.  The executive director of the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon released this statement:

"We work very closely with the Detroit Police Department, other government agencies and emergency medical personnel to help ensure the safety of runners, spectators and volunteers. We do not, however, publicly discuss our security arrangements in detail. Once we know more about the Boston situation, we will work with the various entities to assess whether we should make any changes in our procedures," said Rich Harshbarger.

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