Boston Marathon explosions kill 3, more than 140

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Medical responders run an injured man past the finish line the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.
Monday, April 15, 2013 3:33 PM
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BOSTON — Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 140 in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs, authorities said.

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that an 8-year-old-boy was among those that died.

Eight hospitals report that they are treating at least 144 people. Of those, at least 17 are in critical condition.

The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to amputations. Many victims suffered lower leg injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.

Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of the department of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says one or two of the hospital's 21 patients faced a "high probability of mortality."

A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course.

President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."

A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.

Authorities shed no light on a motive or who may have carried out the attack, and police said they had no suspects in custody. Authorities in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

"They just started bringing people in with no limbs," said runner Tim Davey, of Richmond, Va. He said he and his wife, Lisa, tried to keep their children's eyes shielded from the gruesome scene inside a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners, but "they saw a lot."

"They just kept filling up with more and more casualties," Lisa Davey said. "Most everybody was conscious. They were very dazed."

The fiery twin blasts took place almost simultaneously and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the course.

When the second bomb went off, the spectators' cheers turned to screams. As sirens blared, emergency workers and National Guardsmen assigned to the race for crowd control began climbing over and tearing down temporary fences to get to the blast site.

A pool of blood formed, and huge shards were missing from window panes as high as three stories.

Some 23,000 runners took part in the race, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathons. One of Boston's biggest annual events, the race winds up near Copley Square, not far from the landmark Prudential Center and the Boston Public Library. It is held on Patriots Day, which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution, at Concord and Lexington in 1775.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis asked people to stay indoors or go back to their hotel rooms and avoid crowds as bomb squads methodically checked parcels and bags left along the race route. He said investigators didn't know precisely where the bombs were planted or whether they were hidden in mailboxes or trash cans.

He said authorities had received "no specific intelligence that anything was going to happen" at the race.

The Federal Aviation Administration barred low-flying aircraft from within 3.5 miles of the site.

Obama was briefed on the explosions by Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco. Obama also told Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick that his administration would provide whatever support was needed, the White House said.

"We still don't know who did this or why," Obama said, adding, "Make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of this."

A few miles away from the finish line and around the same time, a fire broke out at the John F. Kennedy Library. The police commissioner said it may have been caused by an incendiary device but didn't appear to be related to the bombings.

The first loud explosion occurred on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. The second explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

They occurred about four hours into the race and two hours after the men's winner crossed the line. By that point, more than 17,000 of the runners had finished the race, but thousands of others were farther back along the course.

The four-hour mark is typically a highly crowded time near the finish line — both because of the slow-but-steady recreational runners likely to be completing the race and because of all the relatives and friends clustered around to cheer them on.

Runners in the medical tent for treatment of dehydration or other race-related ills were pushed out to make room for victims of the bombing.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the two other explosive devices found nearby were being dismantled. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly.

A woman who was a few feet from the second bomb, Brighid Wall, 35, of Duxbury, said that when it exploded, runners and spectators froze, unsure of what to do. Her husband threw their children to the ground, lay on top of them and another man lay on top of them and said, "Don't get up, don't get up."

After a minute or so without another explosion, Wall said, she and her family headed to a Starbucks and out the back door through an alley. Around them, the windows off the bars and restaurants were blown out.

She said she saw six to eight people bleeding profusely, including one man who was kneeling, dazed, with blood coming down his head. Another person was on the ground covered in blood and not moving.

"My ears are zinging. Their ears are zinging," Wall said. "It was so forceful. It knocked us to the ground."

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured while race stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Roupen Bastajian, a 35-year-old state trooper from Smithfield, R.I., had just finished the race when they put the heat blanket wrap on him and he heard the blasts.

"I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor," he said. "We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated. ... At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing."

At Massachusetts General Hospital, said Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency services, said: "This is something I've never seen in my 25 years here ... this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war."

The Boston Marathon honored the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting with a special mile marker in Monday's race.

Boston Athletic Association president Joanne Flaminio previously said there was "special significance" to the fact that the race is 26.2 miles long and 26 people died at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 04/15/13 - 04:04 pm
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They're advising...

Don't call cell phones there, please, if you, like me, have family up there. They have several reasons they don't want you using cell phones. If you need to reach someone try landlines or wait.

my.voice
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my.voice 04/15/13 - 05:02 pm
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Tsk Tsk, senseless violence.

Tsk Tsk, senseless violence. It will be interesting to see what they trace down on this. Hope its not more of this home grown stuff. This is terrible, but should we expect less than the rest of the planet gets? Its on our doorstep now folks.

I guess someone needs to outlaw bombs......oh, wait.......nevermind.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 04/15/13 - 05:07 pm
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of course obammy will not
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of course obammy will not catagorize this as a terrorist attack (unless it was done by white people) if it is done by his muslim brothers he will catagorize this as a "recreational place" violence incident...chances are it was a muslim terrorist group that did this..well now i guess there will be a call for "bomb control"

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burninater 04/15/13 - 05:20 pm
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Absolutely horrible. Boston,

Absolutely horrible.

Boston, on tax day. Another bomb at JFK Presidential library. Hate to say it, but this sounds domestic.

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rmwhitley 04/15/13 - 05:52 pm
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This is
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absolutely horrific and my deepest sympathies to all parties involved. My one concern; "journalists" asking if this was an act of terror. ANY moron can go to Webster's dictionary and look that word up. Per Webster's---to be afraid, to tremble, a cause of anxiety. Most "journalists", especially the left-wing version, studied under "professors" more suited for writing for the "National Enquirer".

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/15/13 - 09:30 pm
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faithson
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faithson 04/15/13 - 07:41 pm
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George... get a grip

plenty of time later for the invectives.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/15/13 - 08:14 pm
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Boston is a GREAT city and

Boston is a GREAT city and the strong people there will get over this. One thing that keeps standing out to me when you watch the many videos, is the large number of people who ran INTO the fray, INTO the chaos...not knowing whether they were in danger or not! They just saw that people were injured, bloody, and helpless, and they just felt led to help. God bless all these people and I hope and pray that the authorities catch whoever is responsible. Another thing that stood out to me is the number of police that were on hand, and the close proximity to the hospital...and the large number of marathon volunteers that were available.
We live in an evil world. But I still want to think there are more good people in it than there are bad people.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/15/13 - 09:26 pm
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Too many conflicting facts

at this point to comment on the actual story.
But the hate blogs are in full swing.

Now we are face with the question and the problem with such an incident, will co-opted and used by political groups to push, shove and demand new and even more restrictive laws.

We need to remember there is 99.9999999% of America that never would do such a terrorist act as this in America.

Less we forget, we are still living, after 12 years, under the misnamed "Patriot Act" that thorn down many constitutional privacy laws and judicial processes to protect liberty in order to "catch terrorists".

bclicious
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bclicious 04/15/13 - 10:31 pm
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Unfortunately

Unfortunately America will forget about this in a week or less. If this would have happened 25 years ago, it would have shocked the consciousness. Due to America's current culture, and being desensitized to terrorism, America will likely be talking about Lady Gaga by Monday.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/15/13 - 10:46 pm
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My emotions are running the

My emotions are running the gambit. Tears to rage.

My hope is we actually get the truth of what happened. I'm skeptical.

faithson
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faithson 04/15/13 - 11:30 pm
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thank you George...

appreciate your edit

KSL
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KSL 04/15/13 - 11:36 pm
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Why does it sound domestic?

Why does it sound domestic? Did Ft Hood also sound domestic? Could you detect it in the sound of the bombs?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/16/13 - 05:45 am
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George got a grip...and it is
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George got a grip...and it is appreciated by all.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/16/13 - 07:25 am
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Where will our leaders lead us?

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee panel, issued a written statement that said, "As the evidence mounts that this was a terrorist attack, our intelligence and law enforcement agencies must do whatever is necessary to find and interrogate those responsible so we can prevent similar attacks."

"My understanding is that it's a terrorist incident," Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(but she also said "DOMESTIC Terrorism" in another interview)

BUT
These remarks stood in contrast to President Barack Obama's own brief statement at the White House, where he made no mention of terrorists or terrorism as a possible cause of the bombings.

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Humble Angela 04/16/13 - 07:25 am
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KSL, I was thinking the same
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KSL, I was thinking the same thing. Perhaps it sounds domestic because there is no way that the Messiah would let foreign terrorists attack us. He was supposed to sit down and talk with them so they would like us, right. Isn't that why he got a Nobel Peace Prize?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/16/13 - 07:40 am
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Almost forgot the other 2 talking heads

Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor that Obama had spoken with officials in Massachusetts and "pledged every federal resource available ... to bring justice to the perpetrators...."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said "we will ensure that justice will be done"

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/16/13 - 08:07 am
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Good Morning "Blind Truth" America

"George got a grip" - Not for the reasons you all think.

"Domestic" - Yes, but not by True Americans.

Quote - "We need to remember there is 99.9999999% of TRUE Americans that never would do such a terrorist act as this in America.

Quote - "Due to America's current culture, and being desensitized to terrorism, America will likely be talking about Lady Gaga by Monday."
Lets remember how the Benghazi Murders were handled!
Presidential words spoken before - We will find those that have committed this horrific action and prosecute them to the limit of our Judicial system.

Our elected Leaders (plural) with their lack of following the words and rules of the American Constitution, Political Correctness, Gods RIP, the destruction of human morality and our acceptance of the way we are educating our children are now the reasons we will live like all the other 3rd world countries.

The American people have had 4 years of education to realized what the future holds for all of us. We are all the blame, those that support and those that know.

The useless Knee Jerking actions that our leaders will now take is not going to save America. It will only make it a sad place to live.

MORE WILL COME.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/16/13 - 01:03 pm
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If You Remember,

30 days after the crowning of the King SMNCICBHO, I posted a comment to the fact that this Non-American was nothing more than an Al Qaeda Plant.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/16/13 - 08:26 am
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18 hours later

With some clear facts and video available I will take a light Stab at it.

If for nothing more than to start a discussion.

Both explosions produced lots of gray smoke.
Gray Smoke is typical of Black Powder (BP) a smoke producing powder not Smokeless Powder typical of modern firearms.

This powder could be anything from homemade 1FG BP or commercial grade 4FA BP.

The much discussed backpacks or devices, said by law enforcement to of been found in other Trash cans, and based on video videos "could" very well be in the 10 to 15 lbs range.

The Feds immediately killed all Cell Phones so they suspected IED Cell Phone bombs. If a IED Cell Phone bomb was used, then an ignition source for detonation is simple as any DOD person knows that toured the sandlands in the last 20+ years.

Notice in the 3:19pm blast video a majority of the blast was channeled towards the spectators not the runners. https://vine.co/v/bFdt5uwg6JZ

The runners are only collateral damage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIAfyYQzZaM&list=PLtMSwy96r2CZhYJnZoQ8MAl...

For Media info.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSAavBODruQ

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/16/13 - 08:29 am
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nocnoc

Very excellent observation and experience.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/16/13 - 10:14 am
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Obama: "Boston perpetrators
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Obama: "Boston perpetrators will feel full weight of justice.."

Just like Brian Terry's killers?

--edit--

Hmmm...a thumbs down. I don't suppose the person giving the thumbs down would have the courage to tell us just what Obama has done to bring Mr. Terry's murderers to justice.

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allhans 04/16/13 - 10:39 am
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I am not yet inured to seeing

I am not yet inured to seeing so many of our troops coming home from foreign lands with loss of limbs caused by explosive devices and NOW...it is HERE. May God Bless those injured and May God Bless us all and help us to understand that it is as written.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/17/13 - 06:58 am
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He turned himself in,
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He turned himself in, faithson......way to go DOJ.....If only ALL criminals would turn themselves in they could continue to do nothing and get praises from the left.

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