WNY Police and Public Safety Officials on Alert After Boston Attacks

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) The terrorist bombing of the Boston marathon is having effects here in Western New York.

In Niagara Falls, a suspicious package left at the community development building forced the closing of a portion of Main Street while the New York State Police bomb robot was brought into investigate.

"They were able to determine that there was no explosive device inside," said Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto.

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department set up a security perimeter around the headquarters building on Sheridan Drive.

"The events in Boston got the chief thinking that we always need to be prepared. It is a good opportunity to exercise one of these drills," commented Lt. Nick Bado.

Erie County Commissioner Dan Neaverth Jr. is also keeping a close eye on developments from Boston to see if polices or procedures need to be changed locally.

"You have to be able to tweak them. Maybe take a look at what happened in Boston, what they would do different as a result of this. You can't prevent everything, but what you should certainly be able to do is to prepare to respond to whatever the incident happens to be," added Neaverth.