Thermal Imaging Technology Helps Locate Bombing Suspect

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Police confirmed Friday night they used thermal imaging technology to help confirm that the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect was hiding inside a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts.

It's similar to technology used by many emergency workers, including the City of Columbus Division of Fire.

Battalion Chief Patrick Ferguson said while the technology used to help find the bombing suspect is much more sophisticated than what the fire department uses, the idea is the same.

The devices detect differences in heat, so the firefighters can use them in smoke-filled rooms to find victims.

"We do have the ability to look under blankets and different things like that that might be shielding an individual," Ferguson said.

Ferguson said Columbus firefighters have handheld thermal imaging devices on every fire truck.

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