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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police say they are confident in their security plan for this year’s Indianapolis 500 and won’t remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.

State police Sgt. Brian Olehy said during a news conference Tuesday that officers will conduct frequent security sweeps of garbage cans but won’t remove them because doing so would pose a health hazard.

Speedway spokesman Doug Boles says about 60 people met Tuesday to discuss how to respond to an incident like the Boston bombings. He says the exercise was one of dozens of public safety meetings held each year.

The exercise included public safety officials and representatives from hospitals and the National Weather Service.

The Indianapolis 500 is May 26.

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