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Police robot
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
A police-deployed robot scours Norfolk Street in Cambridge earlier this morning.

Photos: These are the robots scouring the US for bombs

By Roberto A. Ferdman

Chaos has befallen Boston. The past 18 hours alone: an MIT police officer dead, a bloody shootout that killed one of the two suspects in the marathon bombings; a city lockdown; and an all-out manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect still at large. (Here’s everything we know about him.)

Several unexploded bombs were found in the aftermath of Monday’s bombing and the Boston Police Department and wary that more devices may exist. As an added precaution, police have been deploying robots (like the one pictured above) to inspect suspicious bags, packages and areas. Police have also used robots to search empty vehicles, and blow up mysterious-looking packages in the past. It may not be long before SWAT robots are protecting police officers, too.

Police robot inspects car items
AP Photo/David Duprey
Security measures are being taken outside of Boston, as well. Here, a New York State Police robot inspects items from a car in Niagara Falls, New York.
Police robot blowing up suspicious package
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
This isn’t the first time this tactic has been deployed. Two years ago, police relied on a robot to blow open a suspicious package outside the World Trade Center in Boston.