By Scooby Axson
February 26, 2014

Emergency crews are helping the injured after two explosions were heard as runners finished the Boston Marathon. (Charles Krupa/AP) Several security measures, including banning bags, will be in place for this year's Boston Marathon. (Charles Krupa/AP)

No bags will be allowed at this year's Boston Marathon as security will be stepped following last year's bombings, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday.

The marathon is scheduled for April 21.

The bags or backpacks also will not be allowed in specific areas near the start or finish line. In year's past, runners participating in the marathon were allowed to bring bags or backpacks to store personal items.

Runners have an opportunity to check their belongings at the Boston Common the morning of the race and the BAA will provide clear bags.

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