It appears that two explosions have gone off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon just before 3:00 PM.
If it had been one explosion, I would have suspected some sort of utility failure (steam, gas, or electric). As there are two explosions, I’m inclined to suspect that this is intentional.
I am completely speculating, but the blasts appear to be on the side of the road, which to me suggests devices such as fairly crude pipe bombs, perhaps dumped in trash cans. If this is what we’re seeing unfold, I suspect that are quite a few more devices around since such devices are easy to make in large batches. Keep in mind this only applies if these were indeed the result of an intentional act.
Fox News is reporting that the Boston PD is calling in their bomb squad team members, and I’ve hearing that there are multiple fatalities.
Pray for all affected please. I’ll continue to update as more becomes known.
Update: I’m catching up on photos taken directly after the explosions, and now video.
It’s rather macabre to state, but after all the years watching the carnage resulting from IED blasts in Iraq, the devices that detonated here (if they were bombs instead of utilities) seem rather obviously to be:
- small explosions
- low-explosive materials
I say that small amounts of explosives were used, based upon the video of the blast and overhead views of the scene where you can see debris and blood. It obviously wasn’t a a car bomb (which would have leveled the entire block), and it wasn’t as large as a full-sized backpack bomb, liked used in the London terror attacks.
And that’s if there was a bomb at all.
Based on what I’ve seen these were utility explosions or small, low-explosive devices, and I honestly don’t know which.
Update: AP is reporting that multiple explosive devices have been discovered.
BREAKING: Intelligence official: 2 more explosive devices found at Boston Marathon; being dismantled
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 15, 2013
Do I trust the Associated Press? Not at all. This is the same bunch of idiots that reported Adam Lanza’s brother was the Sandy Hook murderer, that his mother was a teacher at the school, and that three handguns were used.
Update: NY Post is reporting a much higher casualty/fatality count than anything else I’ve seen, and they are also claiming that a suspect was wounded, and is in the hospital. I’d take that claim with shakerful of salt; it seems like wishful thinking.
On the other hand…
DEVELOPING:Boston PD have surveillance video of person transporting multiple bags into area shortly before explosions. – @brianfaughnan
— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) April 15, 2013
Considering the amount of surveillance cameras in your average large city these days, it is possible that they could narrow down a suspect pretty quickly if they caught him or her on camera.
Update: Brit Hume is confirming (for whatever it is worth) that a possible suspect is among the wounded.
Fox News: confirms “person of interest” being held in Boston bombings.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 15, 2013
Fox is also claiming that event at JFK Library was a third bombing (wasn’t sure before).