At approximately 2:50 this afternoon, two explosions occurred within
10-20 seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon
on Boylston Street. Fox News
is now reporting that at least three people have been killed and ABC News on their live feed
has revised the injury toll to 15-20.
There's also been a report of a third, controlled demolition by the
Boston Bomb Squad, more likely than not the suspicious package they
found in front of the Mandarin Hotel.
President Obama's been
apprised of the bombings and Pennsylvania Avenue's under lockdown,
especially in front of the White House and the Capitol Building and New
York City is also stepping police security. Essentially, this means
every major city on the east coast will be under lockdown. The FAA has
also set up a no-fly zone over the epicenter of the bombing in Boston.
Mayor Tom Menino has ordered all offduty police officers to show up and
The 26th mile was supposed to be dedicated to the 26
victims of the Newtown massacre and many of the Sandy Hook families were
standing in the VIP section of the grandstands near the explosions.
Since the second one went off 20 seconds after the first (about three
hours after the winners crossed the finish line), this means some first
responders were hit with the followup explosion.
Thus far, no group has taken responsibility.
Trauma nurses are telling ABC News
that the first aid tents have been turned into makeshift morgues and
there are reports of several people having had their legs and feet blown
Boston City Police are now confirming
three more suspicious packages have been found, with one safely
detonated. The latest casualty figures are 23 injured and two dead.
For anyone who had family members at the Boston Marathon, here's the Red Cross's website
will assist in helping those interested parties to see if their loved
ones are safe and sound. It may take a while to get through as I'm sure
their bandwidth is maxed out. Otherwise, if you're on Twitter you can
get updates on their Twitter feed .
This is the most horrendous picture
I've seen of the explosion's human toll. Do not click on this if you
have a weak stomach. But it's important to see what these terrorists
have done to our beautiful city and its residents on what was supposed
to be a day of athletic competitiveness and a reaffirmation of our
common humanity in honoring the Newtown families.
: Consider the source but the New York Post
is now saying the Boston police have a suspect in custody, a 20
year-old Saudi national. Like I said, consider the source and take it
for what's it's worth. We also said 15 Saudis were involved in 9/11 and
looked how true that
turned out to be.
has also upped the casualty numbers. They're now saying 12 are dead and 50 or more are injured.
: This is a video
shot by someone who was within mere feet of the explosions. It's gone
viral for good reason. You can tell 14 seconds had elapsed between
explosions and you even see the epicenter.
: Boston City Police now say there was another explosion
at the JFK Presidential Library. No deaths or injuries have been reported from that blast.
: Boston city authorities
are now saying the JFK Library incident wasn't an explosion but an unrelated fire.
Labels: bombings, Boston Marathon