Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by ioana, Apr 15, 2013.
They've shut down cell phone service in Boston, to prevent detonation of additional devices, either accidental or otherwise. Just posting that so people know, in case they're trying to reach someone in town.
My oldest son's co-worker finished the race 10 minutes before the bomb went off. She texted saying that she finished sooner/better than she expected and probably would have been close to the finish line at that time.
NY Post reports that a 20 year old Saudi citizen is in custody. Again, the NY Post is not always a reliable news source, but at the same time, they do often release stories in advance of the other news agencies.
This was my thought as well. It's hard to know what is true.
From Boston Globe live blog:
Reports of Marathon Runners that crossed finish line and continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims #PrayforBoston
— NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN) April 15, 2013
I'll be paying attention to the early and late evening TV news as they will have a bit of time to digest it all and hopefully sort truth from rumour as much as they can.
Just checking different media outlets, Twitter etc now is confusing, and overwhelming.
((((thinking of you all, especially those with ties to the Marathon and the city))))
"BPD Commissioner Ed Davis says the blast at the JFK Library around 4:30 p.m., which was announced as an unrelated electrical explosion, was actually an explosion that could be related to the explosions on Boylston Street."
Well, if they are right, then it makes sense since they mentioned that the small bombs were similar to ones used in Iraq.
OK, niece and her husband found each other at the Family Meeting Area. Now, they are walking the miles back to their car, which her DH parked at one of the last checkpoints, say around mile 20--so possibly a six mile walk--and then they are going to get a hotel outside of Boston because they don't dare go back to Boston where they were last night. Then they will go back to NH and their two kids tomorrow. Poor thing, to have to walk after 26.2 miles or whatever it is, she must be exhausted!
BPD now say the explosion at the JFK library is linked to those at the Marathon, and to the other bombs found. That is a reversal from what was said earlier. (ETA: that has again been reversed, police now saying that there is no connection.)
The JFK library is in a part of Boston that is not particularly close to the end of the Marathon route.
BPD have asked people in Boston not to congregate in large groups. They have asked people not to come into the city. To stay at home, or to go home if at all possible.
The police are currently inspecting all the discarded packages left behind by the runners. Which, let me tell you, is a lot of packages.
REPORTED: Boston Logan airport has grounded all flights.
Glad to hear they're okay, Lacey.
I'm about 15 miles north of Boston and I heard the explosions. I can't imagine how it was for the people right there. Prayers for all those impacted and for friends who were volunteering in the medical tent today.
Got in touch with my best friend from high school. She's safe and staying at work, not venturing out now. Haven't been able to get in touch with my ex-boyfriend yet and I'm a little worried since he's a runner - but it's a school day I'm hoping he just stayed on campus.
My dad just sent me a text saying "see what happened in Boston, you need to be careful all the time" - and while I understand his concern, I don't see how anyone could really "be careful" about this sort of thing
Calls are out to find housing for all the runners and people stuck in town. Airspace around Boston has been closed.
I just saw this, this is horrible.
With all these reports of possibly additional devices, I called my sister who works near Harvard Square to make sure she was going home and not in the direction of Harvard Square. She's on her way home now. People are really unnerved and worried.
It was just mentioned that they are now stepping up security in Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and other transit locations.
The military, SWAT and police have gathered on the Common. In NYC, police have an extremely visible presence in Times Square.
I don't want to worry you, but I heard on the radio that schools in boston are closed for the marathon. Please let us know when you hear from him.
The K-12 schools are closed for Patriot's Day. I used to go watch the Marathon on that day, because school is always out. But not all the colleges close for Patriot's Day.
ETA that @JFKLibrary tweeted at 5:24 pm Eastern:
"All staff and visitors are safe and accounted for. Thank you."
Regarding "the observed day is always a Monday" --
While Patriot's day is observed the 3rd Monday in April (like today), other than ABC's claim that it has ties to dometstic terrorism, where and how exactly are the Waco siege/the OKC bombing tied to Patriot's Day?
I did a bit of searching and cannot find anything that recognizes the observed day for the OKC bombing as anything other than April 19th is the anniversary, with all ceremonies and commemorations being held on the same date.
FTR, The ATF/FBI raid on the Branch Davidian Compound (aka The Waco Siege) began on February 28, 1993, and ended with the compound going up in flames on April 19, 1993. The Okahoma City Bombing took place on April 19th, which was the second "anniversary" (for lack of a better word).
Disclaimer: Lest ye think I'm fascinated by those ghoulish events from 1993 and 1995, the date of April 19th is one I'll never forget: I had an emergency appendectomy early in the morning of 4/19/95 and was wheeled back to my room about an hour before the bombing took place. Back then hospitals didn't have cable tv and the only thing shown on the networks that day (and most of the next) was news coverage, so I got a crash course about the bombing (and how it was the anniversary of the WACO Whackos) during my hospital stay.
The NY Post (again, not necessarily trustworthy) has reported the BPD is looking for a yellow Penske rental truck which tried to enter the Marathon area before the race, claiming to hold medical supplies. It was stopped and refused entry, and it took off.
Lots of rumours, misinformation, misunderstandings, and just plain lies popping up all over the place, as always with happenings like these.
According to this report, in response to the NY Post report of an arrest of a Saudi national, the Boston police deny having a suspect of any origin; the FBI is neither confirming or denying:
I remember when that plane went down off the NE coast of South America a few years ago - there was no Twitter, but I remember getting forwarded emails that were of this "incredible" picture taken inside the cabin as it went down - and it was a screen capture from the plane crash that opens the tv show Lost.
CNN saying Obama will address the Nation and World a little after 6 pm EST.
From ABC's Jonathan Karl: President Obama to address nation from White House @6:10pm EDT re: Boston.
Things like that happens a lot in situations like this. A few years ago there was a video circulating claiming to be surveillance footage from inside the Columbine library, when it was actually a scene from a movie called Zero Hour.
CNN is now saying this was a Terrorist Attack. Not saying how they know this, but that's what they're saying.
My comment about observed day is for Patriot's Day, happening today on the 15th, not the observed day for the OKC bombing, the 19th, but also took place on Patriot's day.
Since I think only like 2 states recognize this day as a holiday, many people in the country may not know about it. I doubt there is a tie in to this holiday, though start of revolutionary war is something a domestic terrorist might key in on, just as tax day is. I was merely mentioning that tax day is not the only significance of today, and while I was typing, ABC also started talking about notable worrisome events that happened on Patriot's Day.
Horrible scene of the guy with his legs blown off. Simply horrifying. He woke up this morning having no idea he would be the victim of a cowardly attack. Life can certainly change in an instant. For all we know, he could very well be one of the fatalities being reported on by the media. Meanwhile I could suffer the same fate tomorrow on my Metro commute to work. One never knows what the crazy lunatics of the world are plotting next.
I had several friends running in the marathon today. Fortunately they were already finished and no longer near the finish line at the time of the explosion. I'm thankful they're safe this evening.
Thank goodness - I got in touch with him. I knew the cell phone lines were down but he wasn't responding to my texts so I started trying to call anyway. He had no idea that cell phone towers had been shut down at all, I guess they must be back up. Apparently he and his girlfriend were planning to go cheer at the finish line, but traffic was really bad so they turned back - thank goodness. He did say that they got the day off at Harvard Business School and that one of his classmates was in the race but has been accounted for. Thanks for your thoughts, so very much appreciated.
I didn't think it would happen but I burst into tears when I heard his voice. A little embarrassing given that we had a really bad breakup several years ago but I was just so glad to know that he was okay.
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