A HORRIFIC PATRIOTS DAY IN BOSTON
On Patriots Day, 4 hours into the world renown Boston Marathon*, 2 separate explosive blasts, 12 seconds apart, near the finish line shattered windows and sent smoke billowing out onto Boylston Street.
When the smoke subsided, a gruesome scene of blood and bodies torn apart by shrapnel remained.
As of 9 p.m. EST, CNN reports 3 dead and 141 injured.^
^UPDATE: 176 INJURED, 17 CRITICALLY, 10:08 a.m. 04/16/2013
The dead include an 8 year old boy and 8 children are reported wounded.
In the immediate aftermath of the blasts, an eyewitness reported seeing 25 to 30 people with at least one of their legs missing.
The Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital said:
"This is something I've never seen in my 25 years here...this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war."
One federal official told CNN that early tests "showed no...high grade explosive material" which would indicate these were "crude...devices."
Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating, however, called this tragedy...
"a sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.
President Barack Obama said...
"The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight."
The President continued...
"We still do not know who did this or why (but) make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. Any responsible individuals...or...groups will feel the full weight of justice."
*The Boston Marathon, begun in 1897, is traditionally held on Patriots Day, a Massachusetts state holiday in honor of the Battles of Lexington and Concord of April 19, 1775. The race draws one half million spectators and is one of the most popular sporting events in New England.
Boston Marathon Finish Line 1910
CNN Live Television Coverage, 04/15/2013
This tragic day in Boston is said to be the worst attack on the mainland of the United States since the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families and our hopes for a quick recovery for those who have survived this horrible day.
In the words of President Obama, we "will say a prayer for Boston tonight."
We also heard reports today that there was a fire at the JFK Library which at first was thought to be connected with the blasts at the marathon finish line.
Late information says that officials do not believe this fire to be associated directly with the bomb blasts.
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