Authorities say bags, backpacks and purses will be searched near the finish line of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Workers will be at the entry points to the start at Lenox Square and at the finish line in midtown Atlanta. They will be searching bags and backpacks before people can get inside a fence that will be set up around the Meadow at Piedmont Park.
The University of Georgia will ban backpacks in the school's football stadium during its commencement ceremony on May 10. UGA's spring undergraduate ceremony typically draws tens of thousands of spectators. The tightened security comes after a bombing at the Boston Marathon killed three and injured hundreds.