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    Explosions Rock Boston Marathon

    Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon race have left an unknown number of people injured.
    Video and photographs from Boston show a scene of confusion, with emergency services descending on the scene and bloodied spectators being taken to a medical tent.
    "There are a lot of people down," said one runner quoted by AP news agency.
    The incident reportedly came about three hours after the winners crossed the line.
    "There was an explosion, police, fire and EMS are on the scene. We have no indication of how many people are injured," spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department said.
    AP said there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the bridge that marks the finish line. Another loud explosion could be heard a few seconds later.
    Mike Mitchell of Vancouver, Canada, a runner who had finished the race said he was looking back at the finish line and saw a "massive explosion."
    Smoke rose 50ft (15m) in the air, he told Reuters news agency, and people began running away and screaming after hearing the noise.
    "Everybody freaked out," he said.
    Stragglers heading for the finish line were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts as the scene was locked down.
    The Eastern Massachusetts branch of the Red Cross has set up a disaster response centre in the area.


    BBC News - Boston Marathon hit by explosions
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    If these are bombs, it ll be a busy day/night in many capital cities.

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    Latest reports suggest 2 dead, at least 22 injured

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    Another explosion at JFK Library and 2 controlled explosions.

    Bad times.

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    Yup, bad times are back.

    Patriots day, half a million people there.

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    Two reported dead and 28 wounded in Boston. No confirmation of who was behind the bombings. News says if Hyrdrogen Peroxide used, probably Al Quieda.

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    Deadly bombs strike Boston Marathon; authorities discover more bombs

    By Josh Levs, CNN
    updated 4:44 PM EDT, Mon April 15, 2013

    A person who was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is taken away from the scene in a wheelchair on Monday, April 15. Read our developing news story and follow up-to-the-minute reports on CNN.com's Just In blog.










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    • NEW: Authorities are dismantling other explosives, a source tells CNN
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    (CNN) -- Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring at least 28.
    The explosions sent smoke billowing into the air at Copley Square, turning a site of celebration into a mess of destruction.
    "It felt like a huge cannon," a witness told CNN about one of theblasts.
    Authorities in Boston have found other explosive devices that they were working to dismantle, a federal law enforcement source told CNN. The devices were "low flashpoint," and did not appear to have shrapnel inside them, the source said.
    Blasts near Boston Marathon finish line
    Eyewitness: People 'very badly hurt'
    It was unclear who may have planted the bombs. There were no credible threats before the race, a state government official said.
    Out of an abundance of caution, the Lenox Hotel was evacuated, the Boston Globe reported, as authorities looked into possible security concerns.
    Massachusetts General Hospital said it was treating 19 injured people,six of them in critical condition. Tufts Medical Center reported that it was treating nine people. Combined, that brings the number of injured to at least 28. Police reported 22 people injured.
    Crowds were in the area watching the runners when the blasts took place.
    "We are currently in contact with federal, state and city officials," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wrote on Twitter.
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, a Justice Department official said.
    Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department to be deployed to ensure the matter is fully investigated, the official said.
    The Federal Aviation Administration placed a flight restriction over the site of the blasts.
    Other cities, including New York and Washington, tightened security as a result. Following standard protocol, the White House cleared out an area in front of the West Wing.
    "If you see something, say something," Mark Boughton, mayor of Canbury, Connecticut, wrote on Twitter. "All cities will be on a heightened state of alertness per Homeland Security protocols."
    Mike Baingon, who works at the Atlantic Fish Company in Boston, said an explosion took place in front of the restaurant and that he was right by the front door at the time.
    The explosions occurred at about 2:45 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.
    The race was halted as was subway service into the area.
    Runners east of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Boston Common; those west of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Kenmore Square, the state's emergency management agency said.
    Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.

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    Fuck, that does not look pretty...

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    Mr Lick - check out the guy on the roof of the building in the first photo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    Because it was stated on the news,
    Many of the news wires have been jumping to conclusions. Best to stick to facts as they stand. No one knows who did it yet, though it appears clear that the 2 explosions and other unexploded bombs are terrorist related.

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    The president just spoke about this tragedy and stated those responsible would be punished. No reference to terrorism since nobody knows who was responsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    Because it was stated on the news,
    Many of the news wires have been jumping to conclusions. Best to stick to facts as they stand. No one knows who did it yet, though it appears clear that the 2 explosions and other unexploded bombs are terrorist related.
    I agree with you Willy and I would state the facts if they were available. I know after being in Thailand, it was always nice to hear news from the US even though most of it was biased and fluff. I will now sign off and let others post the "facts."

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    Post what you want to. It'll be ages before all the facts are out.

    BBC are also mentioning hydrogen peroxide as I'm typing this. Unconfirmed but it's certainly being speculated on.

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    Boston Marathon blasts: London Marathon to review security



    The explosions happened at one of the biggest sporting events in the US

    Security for this weeks London Marathon will be reviewed after two fatal explosions hit the Boston Marathon in the US, British police have said.

    At least two people were killed and 23 injured after the blasts at the finish line of the event in Boston.

    The Metropolitan Police said a security plan was in place for London's race but "we will be reviewing this".

    The Met added that the blasts would not affect security for Baroness Thatcher's funeral in central London on Wednesday.

    Police said these plans were extensive and that it was a very different event

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    Are they going to guard the trash cans? In Boston there wasn't any security. Why is it the simplest of ideas go over their heads? Trash cans boys, trash cans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camel Toe
    Are they going to guard the trash cans? In Boston there wasn't any security. Why is it the simplest of ideas go over their heads? Trash cans boys, trash cans.
    forget trash cans, at any race the competitors will leave their bags - usually containing a change of clothes, towel, perhaps a water bottle on the ground near the finish line. We are talking 10s of thousands of bags.

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