Federal buildings on alert for risk of bombs

    When they head into federal buildings in Philadelphia, some residents and visitors are now on high alert.

    When they head into federal buildings in Philadelphia, some residents and visitors are now on high alert. The Government Accountability Office told a Senate committee that investigators were not stopped when they tried to carry bomb-making materials into 10 buildings in four cities. The exact locations have not been released.

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    Oak Lane resident Mattie Harrison

    Coming out of the Federal building on Sixth street, Oak Lane resident Mattie Harrison says security seemed sufficient because it detected a suspicious item in someone else’s bag. But she says she’s still worried.

    Harrison: I fear for my life and anyone else that goes in there. If they can sneak bombs in and they weren’t detected, certainly I’m concerned because I may have to come back again.

    Down the street, leaving the Federal Reserve building after a visit, St. Louis resident Mike Kenny says he’s surprised by the news.

    Kenny: My money clip has a magnet on it and I was disallowed to go in until I put that down. So it’s interesting how someone could get in with a bomb, I couldn’t get in with my camera and my money clip.

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