On April 15, Patriots Day, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. According to the most recent updates on CNN, there were three fatalities and more than 150 injuries as a result of the explosions. Numerous amputation patients were reported among the injured.
Our Boston injury attorneys understand that there is no current information on who was responsible for setting the bombs. Additional news is still forthcoming and full details on the number of victims and the extent of injuries has not yet been released. No matter who was to blame, the event was a tragic and terrible act of terror.
Boston Marathon Bombing Information
As CNN reported, the two explosions occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m. This was more than two hours after the first of the runners in the race had crossed the finished line. At 7:49 p.m. it was reported that ball bearings were being removed from victims in the emergency room, which indicate that the bombs were potentially designed in order to propel shrapnel. Additional unexploded devices were found at locations throughout Boston, with some indications that the bombs were crudely made. However, a representative from the House Homeland Security Committee indicated that the incidents suggest a sophisticated, coordinated planned attack.
In total, there were an estimated 27,000 runners from all over the world at the marathon today. According to the most recent news reports, the two deaths included one eight-year-old boy. The identities of the victims killed in the bombing have not yet been released. Boston area hospitals are also reporting that many of those who were injured were missing limbs after the explosion. The final count of the number injured is not currently known but some of the injuries have been described as critical.
Following the explosions, rumors began circulating that a suspect was in custody and that cellular telephone service has been shut down. However, there is no confirmation regarding these rumors. In fact, CNN reports that the cellular phone service was simply overloaded and Verizon had indicated that they had not been asked to turn down its wireless service by any government agency. As news unfolds on this tragedy, more information will become available.
President Obama spoke at a press conference at shortly after 6:00 P.M. Monday in response to the tragic events. The President indicated that any responsible groups or individuals will feel the full weight of justice. The House also observed a moment of silence.
As the events of the day unfold, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy. The news reported shortly after the event that the American flag was still flying high over the area of the debris and that runners who had completed the race had run immediately to the hospital in order to give blood in support of the victims. Within hours of the race, so many had given blood that the Red Cross indicated that there was no more need for blood donations.
Those who provided help to the victims and the response from people in Boston and throughout the United States show the strength of the American spirit that no bombing or terrorism can vanquish.
2 killed, more than 130 hurt in Boston Marathon bombing, CNN, April 15, 2013.