A robot dog patrols the Boston Esplanade ahead of the fourth festivities

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A dog-like robot has been spotted roaming the Boston plaza as security measures tighten for Monday’s July 4 celebration.

A bomb-detecting robot built by Boston Dynamics was spotted patrolling the Esplanade on Friday ahead of the July 4 festivities.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will return to the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade on Monday, after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The police take additional security measures for the event, which is the city’s first large-scale Fourth of July celebration since 2019.

Authorities said they plan to provide security by land, air and sea. State Police told NBC Boston that the 6-month-old robot’s name is Roscoe and will be part of Monday’s security measures.

According CBS Boston, the state police bomb squad, has two of the robots, which can climb stairs, traverse rough terrain and fit into small spaces. The robot can also eliminate suspicious packages and capture videos for investigators.

As part of Monday’s safety measures, visitors are asked to carry as few items as possible and are prohibited from bringing alcohol, glass containers, weapons and backpacks to the site .

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