“The Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force will be an important piece of this investigation,” said Foxworth. “They will work very, very closely with everyone to make sure that no stone goes unturned.”
Foxworth said several FBI offices are already providing direct resources at the scene. Other offices are on standby.
“With respect to the FBI,” said Foxworth. “Our offices near Boston, our New York office, Philadelphia office, they’re certainly providing immediate resources to assist them. If additional resources or expertise is needed from other parts of the country, all FBI offices are on standby and will provide that.”
Foxworth said a lot of pre-planning goes into major events like the Boston Marathon. He said providing security for marathons can be more difficult than other events.
“When you’re talking about a marathon,” said Foxworth. “It’s a pretty open environment. People are able to come and go. When you’re talking about a stadium event, it can be a pretty closed environment where you’ll have screeners that will screen people before they come into the stadium, so you have additional layers of security that you can implement.”
After the bombing security heightened around the nation. At Logan International Airport in Boston, a temporary ground stop took place for about 30 minutes Monday afternoon.
Escondido resident Jennifer Smith was scheduled to fly from Boston to San Diego Monday evening, but decided to get to the airport as quickly as possible.
“It was around 2:45 p.m. when we heard all the sirens going by,” said Smith. “We figured that if the subway lines were going to start being closed down that we should probably try to get to the airport before transportation was just nonexistent.”
Smith said flights out of Logan Airport were on time when she arrived.
“The lines for security were a lot longer than they are usually,” said Smith. “Everybody was just trying to get in touch with loved ones let them know that they were ok. There were tons of marathon runners that had finished prior to the explosions going on who were calling their family and friends to let them know they had finished and that they were safe.”
San Diego International Airport operations ran as normal and flights were not impacted, according to spokeswoman Katie Jones. She said it’s up to the Transportation Security Administration to determine when security measures need to be heightened.
Law enforcement officials in San Diego County were on heightened alert Monday, though they stressed there was not a local threat.
Foxworth said San Diegans should remain vigilant in light of the recent events in Boston.
“Be aware of what’s happened in Boston,” said Foxworth. “But not to the point where you can’t go about conducting the activities of your daily life. But be aware of what’s happened there and if you do see something suspicious report it.”
Foxworth said the FBI has a San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force. If you have any information about the bombing or see something suspicious locally you are asked to contact the agency at 858-565-1255.