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No threats against Florida, authorities say

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TALLAHASSEE (FOX 13) -

Law enforcement agencies across Florida are operating under a heightened alert as a result of the Boston bombings on Monday.

Two bombs killed three people and injured more than 170 on Patriots Day in Boston. No one has claimed responsibility but a terrorist attack is one of the possibilities.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says investigators across the state are studying intelligence from the bombings and right now there is no indication of any threats against Florida.

Spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says FDLE has intelligence gathering operations around Florida that share information with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities.

The so-called "Fusion centers" were created following the 2001 terrorists attacks. Plessinger says they operate around the clock and are always looking for threats.

"Our Fusion centers have been actively monitoring intelligence and monitoring the situation to make sure that there are no threats against Florida, and right now there doesn't appear to be any threats against Florida. But we are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to do so. Law enforcement across the state is operating on a heightened alert looking for anything suspicious," Plessinger said.

Florida's fusion centers gather, process, and distribute crime information, as well as homeland security data.

Also on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there is no evidence that the bombings at the Boston Marathon are part of a wider plot.

Napolitano says DHS will maintain what she called "enhanced security measures at transportation hubs" as a precaution.

Two people briefed on the investigation tell The Associated Press that a pair of bombs packed into pressure cookers and concealed in duffel bags blew up within seconds of each other.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the details publicly.

Three people were killed and more than 170 people were wounded in the blasts Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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