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Asheville on "Heightened Alert" After Bombings

Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

Monday's double bombing at the Boston Marathon is rattling nerves here at home.  Asheville city leaders confirmed to News 13's Mario Boone  in a writen statement that police are on heightened alert and monitoring any and all "high profile locations."

"I don't think we should be scared but I think we should educate ourselves and be aware of the situation that happened," said Ali Johnson of Asheville.

A city spokeswoman didn't specify which areas police consider high profile.  Familiar spots like the Vance Monument, Pritchard Park, City Hall and the county courthouse are among the possibilities.

"I think that it is important to be on heightened alert, especially when things like this happen," said Ariana Davi.  The federal courthouse and office building downtown are also potential targets.  City transit service is another prime concern for cops.  Leaders asked transit riders Tuesday not to leave belongings unattended.

Said Davi, "I think it's very important that we're all vigilant because it's a community that we live in and that we love."

A million tourists a year visit Asheville to see the Biltmore Estate.  Many filter into the city for a trolley ride and other attractions like the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.  "I think it's necessary but it's also an invasion of my privacy when I want to do something like this," said Doris Bens of Connecticut.

Police are also asking anyone who sees something suspicious to say something.

By: Mario Boone,
Follow on Twitter: @marioboone

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Asheville on "Heightened Alert" After Bombings

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