Explosion near the finish line of Boston Marathon (threads merged)

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  1. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    More finishers are crossing the line later in the marathon than when the winners cross. The winners are also not normally American- if that was the target. Not to mention, having it go off later means they don't have to guess when winners will cross.

    The bomb followed by other bomb scenario immediatly made me think of Hunger Games, but then it sounded like the explosions were actually quite close together, so that probably isn't what was happening.



    A tiny bit of good news from ABC:
    4:38 pm ET: “There is no sign of any radiological material involved in the explosion,” a federal source tells ABC News.
     
  2. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Same here. I can't even imagine what goes on in someone's mind that could do something like.
     
  3. AragornElessar

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    CNN showing Gov's Press Conference and he just said there's been a "third incident at the JFK Library...."

    Dear God what is going on?
     
  4. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    This (the press conference) is the first I've heard about the JFK incident- what happened there? Were many people involved?
     
  5. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    Don't know, as this is the first I've heard of it too.
     
  6. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

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    A very, very good friend of mine is a nurse at Mass General.
     
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  7. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Oh my gosh. This is just totally devastating. My prayers go out to the injured and their families. :(
     
  8. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    The Police report that they have found other unexploded devices around the city. One was on the glass footbridge over Huntington near Copley.
     
  9. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Initial report about 40 mins ago - "JFK Library official: Fire not related to marathon explosions": http://www.dotnews.com/2013/jfk-library-official-fire-not-related-marathon-attack
     
  10. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    Just tweeted...

     
  11. Alixana

    Alixana Definitely NOT a sonogram

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    Nauseating. Prayers for victims and families and all the medical personnel taking care of them.
     
  12. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Lacey, I think that's wonderful about your friend being a nurse at Mass General. She'll be a big help there.
     
  13. Wyliefan

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    Holy crap, I just found out one of my cousins was there! I was able to check at http://baa.org/individual.html, though, and looks like he and his girlfriend both finished the race. Maybe that means they were out of there before the attack . . .
     
  14. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    The Police report they have surveillance video of a suspect - bringing multiple backpacks into the blast site.
     
  15. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    Thank God they found that. Don't even want to think about what might have happened if that hadn't been found.

    Lacey...My thoughts go out to your friend. My cousins were both working at John Hopkins on September 11th and they both said they *never* want to see that code on their beepers ever again. :(
     
  16. dardar1126

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  17. cruisin

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    Hear on the news that the timing was also to coincide with people leaving the Sox game.

    I am just stunned.
     
  18. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    NY Post reporting 12 dead. Boston Police reporting two dead. The Post is not always to be trusted, but at the same time, they do often lead other news sources.
     
  19. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Wyliefan, I'm so glad you're cousin and his girlfriend are okay!
     
  20. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    I fear this is Sandy Hook all over again - lots of misinformation as media outlets race to be the first to report every detail and keep people tuned into their feeds.
     
  21. dardar1126

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    Twitter:

     
  22. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    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.
     
  23. numbers123

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    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.
     
  24. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    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.
     
  25. Habs

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    This was my thought as well. It's hard to know what is true.
     
  26. Alixana

    Alixana Definitely NOT a sonogram

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    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
     
  27. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    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))))
     
  28. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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  29. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Well, if they are right, then it makes sense since they mentioned that the small bombs were similar to ones used in Iraq.
     
  30. Lacey

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    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!
     
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