2 dead, 23 hurt in Boston Marathon blasts—police

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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. AP PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA

BOSTON — Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 120 in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs at the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon, authorities said.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) course.

At the White House, 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.

There was no word on the 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, Virginia. 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 (meters) 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.

Boston police said two people were killed. Hospitals reported at least 124 injured, at least 15 of them critically. The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to amputations. Many victims suffered lower leg injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.

Some 23,000 runners took part in the race, which winds up in the heart of central Boston near Copley Square, near the landmark Prudential Center and the Boston Public Library. It is held on Patriots Day, a Massachusetts state holiday which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution 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.”

The Federal Aviation Administration created a no-fly zone over the site of the explosions, and briefly ordered flights bound for Boston’s Logan International Airport held on the ground at airports around the U.S.

A few miles (kilometers) away from the finish line and around the same time, a fire broke out at the John F. Kennedy presidential 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.

At Congress, members of intelligence committees said they expected to be briefed on the attack on Tuesday.

A woman who was near the second bomb, Brighid Wall, 35, 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. 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, Rhode Island, 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, Connecticut, 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.

Cities worldwide stepped up security following the explosions.

In Britain, police said they were reviewing security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon, the next major international marathon. Thousands of people compete in the London Marathon every year, thronging the city’s streets. London is also considered a top target for international terrorists.

A London Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed Monday that police are working with marathon officials to review security plans for Sunday’s event. The London race’s chief executive, Nick Bitel, expressed shock and sadness about the situation in Boston, saying “it is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends in marathon running.”

In New York City, police spokesman Paul Browne said that critical response teams are deployed around the city. Officials were stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations.

Spectator Cherie Falgoust was waiting for her husband, who was running the race.

“I was expecting my husband any minute,” she said. “I don’t know what this building is … it just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don’t know what it was. I just ducked.”

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  • 33Sam

    Boston bombers identified as NAVY SEAL TEAM 3 with a “3” on their hat (or could be impersonating seal team insignia) Military-bearing type men in black jackets and pants were photographed seen carrying black backpacks where the pressure cooker IED’s were carried, looking in directions different than the crowd, were identified through photos by truther, Alex Jones.

    See photos and video here:

    infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

  • BOYPDAF

    Better yet check the manifesto of passengers bound for boston if suspected flights are on board.worst is if they travel by land.Also check Hotel bookings around the area if they can see suspected terrorists listed there in.

    • 33Sam

      Better wake up. The “terrorists” don’t exist the way you describe them. Even Chuck Norris got angry when he found out the truth that he did all those sky-jack movies based on a lie…And what do these “terrorists” look like? Arabs? Chinese? White? Black? Hispanic?

  • antonioluna

    why do i have a feeling that US government is doing this just to justify the anti-gun law.

    • 33Sam

      Because you have discernment!

      • antonioluna

        history tell they can kill their own people to justify an incoming event, whatever it is

      • 33Sam

        Sad but true…

  • 33Sam

    Witnesses in the name of Coach Ali Stevenson, University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon said he saw bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. Coach Stevenson said to NBC affiliate Local 15, that “it seemed like there was some sort of threat but they kept telling us it was just a drill.” Local 15’s original published story at 4/15/13 3:30 P.M kept morphing from the “it seemed like there was some sort of threat but they kept telling us it was just a drill.” to the: 4/15/13 11:07 P.M. Local 15 version of the same news report; [ “Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He’s been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before. 
    “Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” Stevenson said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.” ]

    local15tvDOTcom/mostpopular/story/UM-Coach-Bomb-Sniffing-Dogs-Spotters-on-Roofs/BrirjAzFPUKKN8z6eSDJEA.cspx

    It is SOP that “drills” coincide with massacres and incidents such as this. But media is changing its story on this and deleted Stevenson’s original statement.

    Original report reads like this:

    “University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.”

    DELETED: “They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about,” Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15. “It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

    Stevenson had just finished the marathon. His wife had been sitting in one of the seating sections where an explosion went off, but thankfully she left her seat and was walking to meet up with him.

    “There was just smoke, another explosion went off,” Stevenson said. “We all started running. There were people crying.”
    DELETED: “Stevenson said there was no question in his mind that this was an intentional act”.

    Here is the updated version with the deletions as of 4/16/13 3:52 P.M. Manila time:

    “University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.
     
    “They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,” Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15.

    Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He’s been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.
     
    “Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise,” Stevenson said. “I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”

    CNN reports a state government official said there were no credible threats before the race.

    Stevenson had just finished the marathon before the explosions. Stevenson said his wife had been sitting in one of the seating sections where an explosion went off, but thankfully she left her seat and was walking to meet up with him.

    “We are just so thankful right now,” Stevenson said.”

  • 33Sam

    Facebook “memorial” page was created 8 hours BEFORE THE BOMBING:

    youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=YpZcELZSlRw&feature=youtuDOTbe

  • 33Sam

    Who did NOT bomb the Marathon

    1. Arabs

    2. Iran

    3. North Korea.

    Save every last news bit, youtube video and sound bite, because it is a certainty that if this was not someone’s barbecue going off, it was either the CIA or the Mossad. We are going to have to solve THIS one on our own and most importantly, spread the word – IF YOU GOT CELL PHONE VIDEO OF THIS, OR ANY OTHER VIDEO, DO NOT TURN IT IN. They will bury all pieces of it that do not serve their agenda, and you will not see it again.

    Explosions looked like Tannerite used for target practice:

  • DakuAkongUtin

    I have a feeling this is a CIA Mossad handiwork to point to Iran or NK. This is similar like what happened during Pres Johnson in 1964 in the infamous Tonkin Gulf incident which was all a fabrication. This was used as pretext to land the first contigent of US Marines into Danang and the start of bigger US involvement into the Vietnam War. The rest was history.

    • 33Sam

      Exactly and the same thing happened in 1898 when the U.S.S Maine was “attacked ” in the Havana Harbor so they could blame Spain to steal the Philippines, Guam from the Spaniards to build bases for their global expansion plot.

      Fast forward today 2013, the 21st century is here and they are getting ready to put in place the plan to kill off 6 1/2 billion people on this planet. Mao and Pol Pot were globalist banker operatives who killed millions of their own people. In the Philippines 1.4 million Filipinos were killed by genocide. Refer to wiki:
      “Filipino historian E. San Juan, Jr., alleges that 1.4 million Filipinos died during the war and that constitutes an act of genocide on the part of the United States.[88]”

      The poor soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam, were victims of this new world order plan, where these rich people create wars to kill off men and women they have no jobs for so it is easier to fake a war to act like the meat grinder that it really is. This time it will be World War Z!!!

      Check out Zbigniew Brzezinski ‘s speech quote, he is a Council On Foreign Relations member and was Obama’s adviser in 2009:
      “in early times, it was easier to to control a million people, literally it was easier to control a million people than physically to kill a million people. Today, it is infinitely easier to to kill a million people than to control a million people. It is easier to kill than to control….” Zbigniew Brzezinski

      Hear Brzezinski say this:
      youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=4usbR_kKCDs

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Bush Jr , Cheney, Rumsfy , Wolfowitch and Pearl . These was the perfect team that declared the Axis of Evil. The rest was history as they invaded Iraq.

        That was only ten years ago. Americans have very short memory. THe next flash point is annhilation of Iran for its oil fields. Syria and Iran will be taken out. Then NK and CHina as one . Russia will be taken too .

        Finally, it wil be Jewish runned World Order . Israel’s Jerusalem as the main hub.

      • 33Sam

        Yes, on the money on that! All those Skull and Bones frat plebes. Heinz Ketchup-Kerry as current Sec of State, on the Nat Security Council another Bonesman; talking about dynasties as if he could come up with any leads. Its planned genocide for Central Asia-Muslims and Arabs. Already NBC doing puff pieces-blackout- news on these poor countries supposedly fighting for “freedom” when its wanton murder on Christians, Muslims, blacks, women, children, people being thrown off buildings, while Richard Engel gets on TV and does this song and dance about how the freedom fighters are fighting for their lives when its “friendly” forces doing the killings. So much flatulence coming out Engel’s and Brian Williams’ mouths yet tutas like Solar News regurgitates this crappola. Give me a break. Fake fake fake…Its already Jewish World Order, been so a loooong time ago. Obummer went to Israel last March. What for? American’s are under hypnosis. Spiked drinking water and no access to world news and are being lied to by mainstream media CNN, NBC, CBS et al. But there is a groundswell of awake Americans, they are getting ready for Civil War buying guns by the millions, stockpiling food and provisions, building bunkers, filtering their water.

        Rumsfeld board member of Swiss company ABB nego’d 2 light water reactors given to Norkor in 2000. In 2009 Norkor became full fledged nuclear power state as qualified by IAEA director. Now the U.S. sends Jong Un $3B in cash flown over to him through former energy-sec under Clinton Adviser who was the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. in 1997, as well as being former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, personally accompanied the $3B in cash taken from a German Commerzbank branch out of Dallas.

        Besides getting the oil, they are killing millions of people in the process. Double edged sword.

        China controls NK and is building bases in Mexico within a giant China owned “mall” amassing Chinese troops to get ready to march into CONUS through the NAFTA super highway being built through CONUS via Texas on up into Canada. Agenda 21 what else?

  • 33Sam

    HEY INQUIRER Why is this story buried under the sports section? Haa? Ano ba kayo? Tuta ng Illuminati?? Parang eh. Halata!!! Shame on you!!! You have no guts puro kapal muks.

  • 33Sam

    Naahh this is the same bull from the globalist eugenicist bankster controlled puppet governments in the land of the free and the home of the brave who also controls brown skinned 3rd world multi-national corp whore countries who think they are on the winning team. Al-Qaeda was blamed for 9/11 and now Al-Qaeda is seen as the good guys fighting for the New World Order under the guidance of NATO and the CIA, The United Nations, the CFR in the middle east. You have to see the overall plot for what it is. A global pea and shell game to confuse anyone with a decent brain to the point that people can get killed carte blanche and all the dodo birds slated for eventual extinction cackling in agreement when they are fooled into looking the other way. Anyone who doesnt believe that the people in the White House knew nothing about this has the I.Q. of a tick. Hey Bush weren’t you in a grade school pretending you were “occupied” the minute 9/11 happened? Where was the rest of the Homeland Security, the TSA, all the eyes and ears in the sky, on the street corner, the CIA, the FBI, the local police? Oh they were all standing down the same way the U.S. Airforce was told to stand down when those “planes” hit the Twin Towers? How stupid do people want to remain? If you don’t wake up and start fighting back, it won’t just be a few small explosive devices going off, it will be what Norkor was threatening last weeks. They are screwing with us!!! WAKE UP!!!

    • pinoyobserver

      Wala ka bang trabaho? Daming mong oras magsulat. LOL.

      • 33Sam

        Its called m-u-l-t-i-t-a-s-k-i-n-g…So then your job is…???

      • pinoyobserver

        Does not matter what it is. It pays a lot of money. Is that what you wanted to know?

      • 33Sam

        No you brought up the job issue.. So why are you asking me what you started to imply in the first place? Huh? Mr. Red Herring fallacy of argument of a worm? Your job is a TROLL!

      • pinoyobserver

        I was asking you if I answered your question LOL. So do you have a job?

      • 33Sam

        As you state, what does it matter? Is this more fallacy of argument? You are now gaslighting…Do you know what that is? You are not as smart as you are pretending to be.

      • pinoyobserver

        Does not matter what kind of job was my point. Nice sidestep ala Escudero. I did state I do have a job. I’m simply asking you if you have one and you refuse to answer. Speaks volumes. LOL.

      • 33Sam

        You’re so full of $hit. Your lack of anything important to say is a disgusting shame. I bet you are an insignificant brown-noser at your job!!! Who cares if you have a job?? You don’t know jack! I own my own company jerk!!!

      • pinoyobserver

        and you are calm and collected right? OMG you are so impressive. Did you have to think of your so many times before answering. LOL.

      • 33Sam

        And you are “smart” right? And you are “clever” right? And you are the only one playing “your game” right? Just what the world needs, a monkey at a computer.. Did you check to see if you are on the ascent of man page or are you some dusty-butt flipper kicking up dust so far to the left of the left page that we can’t even see you ON THE PAGE or anywhere in the book!!!..

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        Impressed now flip?

        You are the one playing the “calm and collected game!” Its obvious!!! With the wicked crapolla happening on this planet you decide to make fun of anything you cannot understand.. At least what I posted has depth and merit and will only be obvious to those awake.. NOT YOU!!!! You have nothing to add to the thread so your WHOLE GAME IS TO ACT LIKE AN A$$HOLE and then compare who is winning “YOUR” game…right FLIP???..doesnt matter to you if your game has nothing to do with the thread or you ask others to play it….makes you feel like a “somebody” because basically you are a nobody.. Problem is you’re a typical jealous FLIPPANT FLIP ANT FLIP..that’s what makes you a FLIP…AND you have NO CLUE as to what makes you a FLIP, that’s precisely why YOU-ARE-A-FLIP!!!..learn it, swallow it, accept it.. through a rolling donut… flip….

      • pinoyobserver

        Depth and merit in your mind. You would be a good fantasy writer.
        Ok Girl, I’m signing off lest I be accused of lowering myself to the level of wackos like you. LOL.

      • 33Sam

        You could never get high enough to match my depth because you are too stupid to know anything else but the crap you posted..

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