BH6fCgFCQAERWMBTwo explosions were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon leaving three dead (including an eight-year-old boy) and as many as 140 injured. According to some reports, one of the dead is a child. Graphic images of blood stained sidewalks began circulating on social media shortly after the violent eruptions.

The two successive explosions occurred two hours after the main competitors had completed the circuit, but while 10,000 were still on the course, including several runners just approaching the finish.

Almost immediately, authorities moved to evacuate the finish line area, including local buildings, while pushing competitors backwards on the course and onto adjacent streets. Shortly after this, reports began to emerge of secondary devices being found nearby that did not explode.

Here is disturbing footage of the first blast, and the reaction to the immediate aftermath:

The New York Times has created this graphic to exhibit where the two initial explosions occurred:


A third explosion occurred at JFK library, without any injuries. The authorities are treating the third blast as though it was related to the first two. However, other reports suggested that it was the result of a fire in the mechanical room at the library.

According to Kylie Atwood of CBS News the police detonated another explosion in a controlled environment on Boylston Street. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that two more explosive devices were found nearby, and were dismantled by the authorities. According to the Boston Globe, one of these devices was found on the glass footbridge over Huntington Avenue near Copley Place.

NBC News is reporting that a small, homemade bomb was the preliminary cause of the first explosion.

This image of Boston police in action made the rounds on social media:


During his press conference, Ed Davis, the commissioner of the Boston Police Department, was asked whether or not this was an act of terrorism. He replied: “You can reach your own conclusions based on what’s happened.”

Top image courtesy of Boston To A T.

Comments (12)

  1. Just horrible. I’ve never witnessed anything like that, but anytime some person/group devalues human life in such a manner I get absolutely sick.

    • Then shouldn’t you be absolutely sick every single day? What’s different about this?

      • I am sir. I mourn for human loss, the continued trafficking of sex slaves of all ages in all countries, indentured servitude rampant in the rapidly developing Middle Eastern nations, the gross misuse of religion to spread hate speech in Africa being funded by the Midwest and Great Plains, the massive prison camps in North Korea, the destruction of democracy and equality in Hungary, continued genocide and civil war in Eastern Africa, unbelievable global stances concerning rape law and punishment, and a myriad other depressing realities about this world. But your a big man who has the weight of the world on his heart, enacting global measures of positive social change so I’ll stop now before I look too idiotic.

        • It seems a word and an asterisk is too short a comment. You’re*

        • Jay – I have no idea what you are talking about. Your list of global injustices is just so weird. The use of religion to spread hate speech funded by the Midwest and Great Plains? Ok…
          I am a troll because I try to put this in incident in perspective? I’m a troll because I’m not getting worked up over something that happens in other countries pretty much every single day?
          You wouldn’t be able to function if you got sick whenever someone was murdered. Obviously terrorist attacks matter more when they happens in the United States.

          • My first two thoughts when this happened were: 1. This is horrible. 2. I’m really lucky to live somewhere this isn’t a regular occurrence.

            I most certainly have perspective. Every day one encounters something to feel truly depressed about (or SICK of). I’m sure -lest you have no empathy- you get that feeling whenever you read or watch the news. This is a post about domestic calamity, not foreign calamity. You didn’t need to infer that I was being short sided or hypocritical to express lament over this action while not also mentioning other, more numerous similar examples elsewhere (Which I then broadly expanded upon. And if you don’t think the issue of the “heartland” funneling money into anti-gay/cis/bi religious based programs is a big deal for the gay people of several African nations now being prosecuted with capital punishment, you are messed up).

            It comes off as quite dickish to ride in on a moral high horse, critiquing one’s response to a miserable event. Also, I actually experience chronic pain that is tantamount to being sick daily. So don’t assume that’s impossible either henceforth.

            Best regards to those impacted yesterday in Boston, Iraq, and Iran.

  2. What is our world coming to ,when innocents are shocked and blown to pieces like this.What kind of sick beings could bring about such atrocities. God Bless all the victims and satan deal with the culprits.

    • Our world has been a violent place since the dawn of man. New weapons, same human society. The only way the violence stops is when present-day humans evolve into something different.

  3. just terrible, can’t believe this happened

    does anyone else see the guy on the building?

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by todays horrific events especially with the families that lost loved ones including an 8 year old boy. And a huge thanks to the great work of all those involved in helping the injured.

    God Bless

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