The Director of the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center says state officials have been on high alert since Monday’s bomb explosions in Boston.
“Governor (Earl Ray) Tomblin wants to know, how does this affect West Virginia? We have people that were running in the marathon. There were different buildings involved,” Thom Kirk said on Monday’s MetroNews Sportsline.
“We’re trying to just analyze every little piece of information that comes into the Fusion Center.”
The West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center serves as an intelligence gathering hub for the entire Mountain State.
Those at the Fusion Center have access to the intelligence information gathered at other similar sites across the United States. Kirk said all of the locations were in contact on Monday afternoon into Monday night.
At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured in the two separate bomb blasts that happened near the finish line for the 117th Boston Marathon before 3 p.m. Monday.
More than 23,000 runners were part of the race and the fastest runners had finished hours before the blasts.
“Anytime you have something like that, it has a shocking effect, but you immediately go right into the job that you’re supposed to do,” Kirk said of his initial reaction to the explosion reports.
As of Monday night, President Barack Obama said it was not clear who was responsible for the explosions.
“People shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” the President said.
“But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”