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Upstate law enforcement react to Boston Marathon bombings

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A Boston police officer directs crowds following an explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) A Boston police officer directs crowds following an explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A lot of events - marathons, cycling competitions and swim meets - come through the Upstate.

While places like Greenville and Anderson may not be the size of Boston, their police departments deal with disasters and tragedies, too.

Folks may not realize it, but South Carolina was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath. Monday, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel was supposed to be in the Upstate for an event, but he stayed back, on high alert, for the Department of Homeland Security.

Upstate officers and deputies are fully aware of what's going on and are on alert, too.

Throughout the year, for public events or big races, Anderson City Lt. Tony Tilley said they triple the police force. Greenville City Spokesman Jonathan Bragg said they use every officer for big events like the Fourth of July.

Upstate law enforcement said that a bombing like the one in Boston would be dealt with like any other crime scene, but with such a gigantic event, they will be working for a long time to get all the evidence collected.

"Evidentiary issues are complex, to say the least. When evidence is collected, you have chain of custody, and all these different things that have to be done, and I just can't imagine the magnitude of the pieces of evidence that they're going to have to deal with now," Tilley said.

Sheriff John Skipper of Anderson County said Boston investigators will need to figure out what the bomb was made of, but that they may be able to trace DNA from the bits and pieces found along the side of the road.

Each Upstate jurisdiction sent their thoughts and prayers to the victims and first responders in Boston.

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