It's not just spectators and runners who were in harm's way during Monday's bombings - law enforcement had to act fast - in preparation that another bomb may go off. It was their job to locate any other bombs and detonate them before they went off - killing or injuring any more innocent victims. In Augusta the Richmond County Bomb Squad team has the same type of training. WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop has more.
The bomb squad team has to be prepared for a wide range of scenarios. It could be something very small - to something as big as what happened at the marathon. With the Masters just taking place in Augusta - the bomb squad was on high alert - knowing there were lots of people and that it was such a highly publicized event. Just like authorities in Boston - the local bomb squad has to always prepare for the worst - and that's exactly what they did during last week's tournament.
"We had personnel in place, we had staged strategically throughout the county to respond to such events. We were very blessed that nothing like this happened," said Captain Scott Gay of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
The Richmond County Bomb Team covers 16 counties - and has team members ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anytime you have a bombing - the first thing you want to do is find out how this could have happened and how it could have been prevented. Augusta is a main training site for bomb squad investigators from all across the country. In fact, there's a chance that some of those investigating the Boston Marathon bombings....many have received their training in Augusta.
Every year, Richmond County's Bomb Squad Team joins agencies from all over the nation, including the FBI, learning how to collect evidence after a bomb goes off. They go through different scenarios - such as brief case bombs and IED's, which they place inside cars. The training helps team members determine what was used and how it went off.
"The materials that were used to make the bomb are of evidentiary importance, and we try not to render them safe if we find a live one, unless we absolutely have to. Most importantly is the safety of the citizens," said Captain Scott Gay.
Captain Gay says, based on experience, it will take them many days to investigate the bombings in Boston.
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