AP Source: Boy, 8, among dead in Boston Marathon blasts
Posted April 15, 2013
Updated April 16, 2013
What we know:
- Two explosions rang out about 2:50 p.m. near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
- More than 27,000 people competed in the race, and thousands more were out on the streets to cheer them on.
- Boston Police say three people are dead and more than 140 wounded. An AP source says an 8-year-old boy is among the dead.
- At least one other bomb was discovered by police and disarmed.
- A surveillance image showed a person carrying two backpacks near the site of the blasts.
- Authorities have not identified any claim of responsibility. They have no suspects.
- One man, who was seen running from the blasts and was then tackled by a bystander, is in police custody for questioning. He has been cooperative with investigators and is not considered a suspect, police said.
- Authorities served a warrant late Monday on a home in a suburban Boston neighborhood.
- There was a fire at the JFK library that police have said is not related.
- Security has been stepped up in other major East Coast cities.
- Google established a website to help people find their loved ones
- Telephone number to locate victims: 617-635-4500
- Telephone number for tips: 1-800-494-TIPS
Two dead after explosions near marathon finish
Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs, authorities said.
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that an 8-year-old-boy is among the dead.
The person said the boy's mother and sister were also injured as they waited for his father to finish the race.
Police commissioner Ed Davis confirmed the three deaths but provided no details about the ages of the victims.
The explosions injured at least 144 people, 17 critically.
Some of the victims lost arms and legs. Other injuries included broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.
A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course.
At the White House, President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."
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.
David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, said an event like the Boston Marathon would be difficult to secure completely.
Although there is a crowded crush at the finish line, runners, volunteers and spectators are spread across the 26.3 miles of the course.
"This was a soft target," Schanzer said. "The perpetrators knew they would be able to leave a bag that would probably go unnoticed, maybe for several hours, close to the route where many people were gathering."
The twin blasts at the race took place almost simultaneously and about 100 yards apart about 4 hours and 10 minutes after the race had started. Marathon officials said the average finish, therefore the maximum number of people finishing the race, would happen at about 4 hours and 18 minutes.
The blasts tore limbs off numerous people, knocked spectators and runners off their feet, shattered windows and sent smoke rising over the street.
"They just started bringing people in with no limbs," said runner Tim Davey, of Richmond, Va. 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."
Cellphone service was shut down in the Boston area to prevent any possible remote detonations of explosives, a law enforcement official said. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
A third explosion was heard about an hour after the first two after authorities warned spectators to expect a loud noise from a water cannon that police apparently were using to destroy one of the devices.
Thousands of runners, fans in area of blasts
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.
Some 27,000 runners took part in the 26.2-mile race, one of the world's premier marathons. Many more cheering fans line the course annually to mark Patriot's Day, a local Boston holiday. Just across the street from the blast, fans were exiting Fenway Park after a game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.
"There are people who are really, really bloody," said Laura McLean, a runner from Toronto, who was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when she was pulled out to make room for victims of the explosions. "They were pulling them into the medical tent."
Roupen Bastajian, a 35-year-old state trooper from Smithfield, R.I., had just finished the race when they put the heat blanket wrap on him and he heard the first blast.
"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."
A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.
"There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg.
Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags lining the route of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.
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."
Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to an emergency plan that had been in place.
WRAL's Kelcey Carlson, who ran in the race, had finished before the explosions went off. She rushed back to the finish line after learning of the explosions. “We know the FBI is still on the scene, trying to figure out what exactly happened here,” she said.
Security boosted along East Coast corridor
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis asked people to stay indoors or go back to their hotel rooms and avoid crowds as bomb squads checked parcels and bags left along the race route.
The Federal Aviation Administration barred low-flying aircraft from within 3.5 miles of the site.
President Barack 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.
Shortly after the explosions, Secret Service shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, cordoning off the area with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off the entry points to the road.
The White House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.