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FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a drone captures videos and still images of an apartment building in Philadelphia. Federal aviation officials say so many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses, they wonder if there will eventually be millions of drones crowding the nation's skies. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Drones will hover runners at this year's Boston Marathon


If you're running this year's Boston Marathon, you might notice something different.

Two drones will hover above nearly 30,000 runners during the historic race, and transmit surveillance video to law enforcement officials, Mashable reported. The tightened security comes three years after the Boston bombings, which claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 200.

Kurt Schwartz, the Massachusetts emergency management agency director, said: "It’s really something new we’re going to be using where we have a very dense population of people between the village and the start line."

The drones are intended to keep a careful eye on areas near the starting line, as well as the makeshift "village" where runners tend to gather before the race.

The bots, however, will be tethered to cables to avoid crashes. Despite being anchored, they will have the capability to zoom in on people and follow specific targets.

The drones were made by a commercial drone company, which deployed the bots at last year's Tokyo Marathon.

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