Boston Marathon spectators must leave these 7 banned items at home

Organizers issued the ban due to safety and security.

Boston police check bags of spectators near the finish line before the start of the 120th running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl
Boston police check bags of spectators near the finish line before the start of the 2016 Boston Marathon. –Gretchen Ertl / Reuters

Planning to cheer on the Boston Marathon runners from the sidelines this year? The Boston Athletic Association has released a list of items that will be prohibited along the race route and in certain high-security areas.

Marathon fans should expect to see both uniformed and plain-clothes police officers, the BAA says. In order to expedite the search process, officials are asking spectators to bring their personal items in clear, plastic bags and to leave the following items at home:

  • Weapons, including firearms, knives, and mace.
  • Backpacks, over-the-shoulder bags, and suitcases.
  • Coolers, glass containers, cans, or anything that could hold more than a liter of liquid.
  • Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks, and explosives.
  • Blankets, comforters, and sleeping bags.
  • Any costume material that covers the face, or bulky costumes that extend from the body.
  • Props, such as sporting equipment, or military and fire gear.

Public safety officials have also designated the marathon a “no drone zone,” so those attending the big race should refrain from using drones anywhere along the 26.2-mile route.

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