Security officials request outdoor garbage cans be removed for events at Bankers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security has requested Tuesday that all garbage cans outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse be removed during Indiana Pacers games and other events in the wake of the Boston explosions.

Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons said the move is a precautionary measure following Monday’s blasts that occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line.

The tragedy killed three, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured more than 170 others after two bombs detonated.  Of the patients hospitalized, at least 17 are listed in critical condition and eight of the wounded are children, said Boston Police Chief Ed Davis on Tuesday.

Coons stated moving the trashcans could prevent small explosives from being hidden in garbage cans. Federal law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that one of the bombs used in the deadly Boston attacks was placed inside a metal pressure cooker and hidden in a backpack.  They said a timer was likely used to activate one of the bombs, rather than a cell phone.

The explosives themselves were small, and initial tests showed no C-4 or other high-grade explosive material — suggesting the packages used in the attack were crude devices, a federal law enforcement official in the intelligence community said.

Based on the bombs’ effects, the devices could have been small enough to be concealed in small bags or boxes, a law enforcement official said. It is not clear where exactly the bombs were placed.

Coons said Homeland Security officials are determining whether or not to remove garbage cans from the Mini-Marathon and other large events held in the Circle City.