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Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:24pm

Georgia Responds To Boston Blasts

Updated: 1 year ago.
In Massachusetts, Boston police say the explosions at the marathon Monday afternoon killed at least three people and injured about 100 others. (photo courtesy Wally Gobetz)

Officials in Atlanta say they're stepping up security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority spokeswoman Cara Hodgson says while there are no credible threats against the transit system, MARTA will increase police presence and will stay in contact with federal, state, and local agencies to stay updated on public transit-related recommendations.

In a statement, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city was taking additional precautions to enhance safety, but did not elaborate on exactly what those measures were.

In Massachusetts, Boston police say the explosions at the marathon Monday afternoon killed at least three people and injured about 100 others. The back-to-back blasts occurred about two hours after the winners crossed the finish line.

Meanwhile, a metro Atlanta running company has planned an event to show solidarity with victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Nathan Haskins, general manager of Big Peach Running Co. in Midtown Atlanta, says the chain of stores has organized a moment of silence and memorial run slated to begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. Haskins says Tuesday's run is expected to begin in Midtown and last for at least one mile.

Haskins says a Big Peach group run leader was one of 346 Georgians who registered for the marathon, and one of the company's general managers was in the stands before the explosions. Haskins says both left the area before the blasts and have been accounted for.

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