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Explosions at Boston Marathon finish line

Explosions at Boston Marathon finish line

Reports coming in of explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

Live coverage at Fox 25 (no embed available)

Serious injuries — (warning on link, gruesome) missing arms and legs (warning on link, gruesome) according to eyewitness interviewed on television. (Update — latest reports are two dead, 20+ injured…. NY Post reports 12 dead)

6 p.m. — At televised news conference Boston Police Commissioner denies that a suspect is in custody contrary to prior reports.

6:15 NBC News reports “possible suspect” being “guarded” in hospital.

7:45 p.m. — There really is no new “news” coming out of the networks or elsewhere, so I’m not going to open a separate post yet. You can follow developments in the Twitter feed below. Early speculation often is wrong, so let’s wait for the facts.

[television live stream and Twitter feeds moved to new post, #BostonMarathon Bombing Updates]

Video as explosion happened (Via):


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DINORightMarie | April 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thanks for the current post!!! Prayers.

Mayor to blame TEA Party (it is tax day) in 4…3…2…

      Ragspierre in reply to JohnC. | April 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      The thug mayor is in the hospital, having suffered a broken ankle.

      Neo in reply to JohnC. | April 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      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.”

      Methinks, Chuck Yeager has a term for this sort of thing.

    Kenshu Ani in reply to Ragspierre. | April 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    While all the media is pointing out that today is tax day, I figure that it would be worth pointing out that today is also Israeli Independence Day.

    As David Gerstman noted before all this happened.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Kenshu Ani. | April 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Umm . Yes it is but why do you think it is a factor here?

        Banned, are you really that obtuse? Israeli independence day, a Saudi national held as a suspect, US perceived as a strongly pro-Israel country. Can you connect the dots now? Seems to me this is an act of terrorism, plain and simple.

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Paul. | April 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm

          I just don’t see why Israel has to be embedded into every event. The Boston M does not have a particular Jewish connection & in fact top wave of finishers are usually African.

          Even the NY marathon is not known for waves of Jewish runners.

          No not getting it.

          Paul in reply to Paul. | April 16, 2013 at 1:21 am

          Banned, do I really have to remind you that 9/11 started from BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT? Terrorists know that Boston has WEAK security.

        Juba Doobai! in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | April 16, 2013 at 12:08 am

        Call it killing two sons of apes, pigs, and monkeys with one bomb, Banned. Today is Little Satan’s Independence Day, and what better time to hit the Great Satan whose people support the Little Satan? Besides, most of those Africans who run are not Muslim. If they were good Muslims, they would be running fully covered.

        Does that help you understand it?

    Just in from my granddaughter, here in California: Her 8th grade history teacher told her class today, in all seriousness, that “it is Bush’s fault.”

    On this day in 1865, President Lincoln died of wounds received the night before at the hand of John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

    It’s obviously those Republicans are still distraught over the death of Abraham Lincoln some 148 years later.

Law enforcement must get it right every time. Those who would terrorize us only need to get it right once.

Horrible happening. One is left to assume this was NOT a gas leak.

Perps, if the gas leak scenario is out the window, will be difficult to pin down and find.

Only hope is that there were surveillance videos. If perps were to blame, once caught, fair trial, convicted with evidence, beheading OR if one prefers, hanging in Boston Common immediately after said trial.

    Ragspierre in reply to JP. | April 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    A gas explosion is pretty slow, as explosions go.

    These injuries are more constant with high-explosives.


    Ragspierre in reply to JP. | April 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    The pictures show two very distinct explosions, separated by at least half a block (it appears), with the second much more powerful.

      benning76 in reply to Ragspierre. | April 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      From the one video shot I just saw, it appeared the second blast blew out right at street level. DOn’t know what that means. IED? Pipe bomb? Any ideas?

        Ragspierre in reply to benning76. | April 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

        I would bet the explosives used were high-order (very fast) explosives.

        Lower order explosives, including gun powder, do not rip limbs off unless you are quite close (or even then). These did. Big limbs. This is the kind of injury you see in bus bombings from Israel.

        These were definitely bombs, and were intended to cause mass casualties. The older runner guy you see in the first explosion video tape was not “blown down”. He went down like someone hit with a projectile. Watch the other people, who were not the least “blown down”.

          LibraryGryffon in reply to Ragspierre. | April 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

          If you watch the film carefully, there is a small white projectile that seems to hit him just before he goes down, and you can see it in the photo of him down, a bit past him near his feet.

    KM from Detroit in reply to JP. | April 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    From what I read on Twitchy just a few minutes ago, there was some shrapnel involved, possibly in the form of small things like BBs.

    Plus, as benning76 posts lower in the thread, there is a possible suspect (“person of interest”) in custody in the hospital nearby. Suffering from shrapnel wounds. Not sure if victim or suspect quite yet, says BPD.

Scary but true, my very first thought when I heard this news was, “Great! Now the media has something else to focus on other than the Gosnell murder case.”

Don’t let the media forget Gosnell! And say prayers to those who are injured or missing family during the confusion in Boston atm. We are living the Chinese curse, “may you live in ‘interesting’ times.”

[…] but bombs at the finish line do not inspire the thought that this was celebratory fireworks. People are dead however, 20 – 30 at least injured. The pictures are ugly. This is not an […]

Don’t tell me, let me guess: Chris Matthews will announce this is the work of the Aryan Brotherhood.


Now, do we know where Ayers, Dohrn, Boudin, et al, were? This, of course, will be passed off as an “isolated incident”. Also, have we word of YouTuber posters being arrested?

Dang! I’m feeling angry AND snarky! >:(

‘Police say are they still finding “secondary devices,”‘???? Martin Bashir will let us know about the IRA soon, I’m sure.

Prayers for the victims and their families.
Terrorists are not afraid of the pussy in the White House.

    logos in reply to MTED. | April 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    But, the pussy in the White House is scared of terrorists. Twitter reports that Secret Service has cordoned off Pennsylvania Avenue.

Someone on CNN keeps mentioning ‘right wing extemists’. No mention of the more likely suspect yet that I’ve heard.

Doug Ross has images that seem to be of the moment of one of the blasts.

Luke Russert of NBC News has tweeted out speculation that Waco-style anti-government types may be behind the Boston bombings on Monday.

It took Esquire Magazine just a matter of minutes to blame “Patriots Day” supporters for the bomb blasts today in Boston.

***UPDATE: FOX News confirms there was an explosion at the JFK Library.***

NY Times columnist Kristof slams ‘Senate Republicans’ after Boston explosions

In a tweet during the aftermath of the apparent attacks, Kristof wrote, “Explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment.”

This ought to dispel the narrative of choice of liberals and the Democratic party. If true:

Possible suspect hospitalized with shrapnel? Saudi national.

CAIR warning of dangers of anti-Muslim backlash in 1 … 2 … 3 …

Shep Smith on Fox: There’s a history of incidents like this on Patriot’s Day. This is probably like Columbine or Oklahoma.

Why is he on Fox? Don’t we get enough of this already?

It is amazing how modern technology has allowed misinformation to spread at the speed of light.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to Anchovy. | April 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    “We” need to get fast enough to expose the misinformation while still in the news cycle, or even in the moment. But of course the networks still hold the majority sway.

    But in time twitter and blogs will be the go to links for news … hopefully.

Isaiah 49:16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.הן על כפים חקתיך חומתיך נגדי תמיד׃

LibraryGryffon | April 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

And if it’s proved to be a muslim jihadi, or just some psycho who is a registered Democrat, how fast is this story going to disappear from the national news?

Pres. Freakout has done his “Make no mistake…” set of tough-sounding lies.

Tell me again how many people have been made responsible for Benghazi…ours or theirs…???

Juba Doobai! | April 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

A Saudi national is being held. Says Drudge and the NYPost. I wonder if he came in without a visa, since Obama has deemed the Saudis are to be granted that favor of entering the USA without needing a visa.

Prayers for the dead, the injured, their families. God help us all!

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | April 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

One report says ball bearings were used in one of the bombs. I’m pretty sure 99% of the people who buy ball bearings will not use them to blow people up, but maybe we’ll all feel better about ourselves if we demand Congress pass a new law requiring background checks on people who buy ball bearings.

    OK, put me down as being against any ball control law.

    Just on principle….

      On a side note, and not to diminish the severity of the situation, but to add a note of levity to hopefully brighten an otherwise shocking day:

      It is already against baseball rules to file a ball so as to exert additional control over it, we don’t need new ball control laws 🙂

        Ragspierre in reply to Paul. | April 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        You could do the same damage (pretty much) with fishing weights or nuts.

        I’m agin nut control, too…

          Bruno Lesky in reply to Ragspierre. | April 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

          Depending on who’s behind this, the causes could be beyond what some easily call “mental illness.” (I’m suspicious of how we determine mental illness and even more, how we “cure” or “contain” it.)

          The forces behind this could be something like cultural brainwashers — where by hate and envy are “solved” with egregious violence … wreaked on the innocents. Cultural insanity.

          This is going to be hard to “cure” or “contain.” Imbedded in an aspect of the human condition.

          I’d like a Mossad-like “round-up” of ALL involved (following the chain). Plus redefine what is civilized at base and what are consequences for not making the cut. And enforce.

          Mostly, I grieve for the victims, the families — the little kids — for the rest of us.

What? What’s this?

Another Man Made Disaster? Geez, I hope this doesn’t lead to an Overseas Contingency Operation.

Well, anyway, this Boston bombing can’t possibly be Al Qaeda related, because Mr.Obama claimed that that organization “has been decimated” during the 2012 election campaign, after reminding us in every possible way known to man, that he killed Osama bin Laden.

As a matter of fact, the only other domestic “disturbance” during Mr. Obama’s presidency, was that little “workplace violence” episode, where thirteen U.S. soldiers were killed by a lunatic Major shouting Allah Akbar, as he gunned them down in the place of their “work”.

What’s the over/under on days till Obama gives a speech at Fanueil Hall with relatives of the victims on stage with Michelle?

BannedbytheGuardian | April 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I am hoping this leads to Boston University handing over its IRA confession tapes.

Now that they know what it is like.

1. My thoughts are with the victims and those near to them.

2. Right off the bat, the online Left attacked the online Right, and vice versa.

3. This was a very encouraging day for the enemies of America.

    Ragspierre in reply to gs. | April 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    2. Right off the bat, the online Left attacked the online Right, and vice versa.

    OK, I call BS, gs. Oh, I have no doubt you can find a right blog or several. Nuts abound.

    Has Fox called out the Collective, as CNN has, or bsMNC has and will?

    Mark Levin?

    C’mon. Put up.

    Skullman in reply to gs. | April 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Hey “gs”-

    I’m all for kickin’ the ever living shit out of America’s enemies.

    How bout’ we start with calling “it” what it is, instead of this tired-ass Obama mumbo jumbo politico bullshit, such as “man made disaster”.

    It’s called terrorism and they are terrorists, and his presidency hasn’t changed a damn thing.

If it was a right wing fanatic, he will get the death penalty. If he is a left wing fanatic, he will get a faculty appointment at Columbia.

I’m all for kickin’ the ever living shit out of America’s enemies.

I’m all for advancing America’s national interest.

If that means invading our enemies and charging them for the privilege of being occupied, fine. If it means isolating them to eat sand, that’s fine too. Whichever is better for us.

How bout’ we start with calling “it” what it is, instead of this tired-ass Obama mumbo jumbo politico bullshit, such as “man made disaster”.

You don’t hear me objecting.

It’s called terrorism and they are terrorists, and his presidency hasn’t changed a damn thing.

And the previous president, who apparently thought he was auditioning for a part in Top Gun instead of being commander-in-chief, didn’t change nearly enough. (I give him credit for the surge, though.)

After 9/11 was the first time I missed Nixon.

Has anyone checked YouTube to find whatever video might have inspired this spontaneous protest?

BannedbytheGuardian | April 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

it got a bit crowded up above but ..

To Paul – yes I know about Logan & also Maine airport but that was in 2001 & things have tightened up . There are enough foreign illegals in Boston without sending in more.

To Juba – many African runners are Muslim including the Gold medallist of the 5 & 10000m in London is one Mohammed Farah. I know he is planning a marathon soon.

to Neo – thank you for noting that April the 15 is the date of Abraham Lincoln’s death .Who can forget the evil sermons preached by the Bostonian Catholics in celebration?

I don’t get putting Israel above a massive day of reflection on America .

We are ALL OVER the tragic bombings in Boston on CC…

Duval Patrick & Edward Davis Press Conference

Live Streaming Updates

Video of the event itself

shockednomore | April 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

I know we’ve become a society of news junkies but does the media need to report the tiniest, insignificant crap just to fill time?! Can’t they just return to regular programming & come back when they get REAL info?!
I love the person who posted how their kids teacher said it was all “Bush’s fault”…WHAT, that teacher should be fired. We’re not allowed to speak of God in school (save the Pledge of Allegience & even that’s at risk since the damn ACLU has been frothing at the mouth to put a stop to it) but political pov’s are ok? Hmm, interesting! It just proves my point…Most people are so dumb that the fact earth continues to function is amazing. Oh wait, it’s just barely functioning. I guess that proves my point even more.
One last thing…let’s stop automatically jumping on foreigners as the cause of these things. Believe me, I am we’ll aware that their extremist groups are to blame quite frequently but let’s not make them hate us any more than they do already & thus provoke them. Besides, do we really want to cause an international incident while eating a big fat slice of humble pie?
Hang in there Boston! We’re praying for you & those injured/deceased <3