Terror in Boston: South Carolina on Alert

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- "I think yesterday is an example of of what is to come," says Lexington County Sheriff James Metts

Moments after the attacks at the Boston Marathon, authorities here in South Carolina say they were in constant, around-the-clock contact with federal and state authorities in Boston.

"There are times when you get a little complacent and sometimes you need a reminder, it can happen here," says Thom Berry, SLED Spokesperson

Berry says the information they get is then transferred to local agencies.

"We know with the unrest in the world today, there are many, many activists that wanna see the United States of America, destroyed,"says Metts.

But that is exactly what law enforcement wants to stop.

Already, Berry says lessons were learned on American soil before yesterday's attacks.

"There were all sorts of cameras, all sorts of surveillance that was going on as a routine and that's probably because of what happened on 9/11," says Berry

We asked SLED officials about bomb sweeps and what those involve.

"Very close observations, use of technology, use of people," says Berry

Crandall Sims reporting,"When it comes to bomb sweeps on places like Williams Brice Stadium, a venue that can hold more than 80,000 people, SLED officials would not tell us how long the sweeps take. Instead, we are told they take an appropriate amount of time."

And with it being Springtime and large, outdoor events on the way, Berry says the attacks in Boston will serve as a reminder.

"I think what you may see is an increased law enforcement presence," says Berry

But officials say you, the American citizen, can also help keep the United States safe by simply speaking up.

"If you see something, say something," says Berry.

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