BOSTON - Two explosions ripped through the
Boston Marathon's crowded finish line Monday afternoon, killing at least
three people and injuring more than 141.
WBZ-TV reported Monday
night that police were searching an apartment in Revere, a suburb, as
part of the investigation into the blasts. Massachusetts State Police
confirmed that a search warrant was served but provided no further
details, Associated Press said. The FBI will hold a news conference at
9:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.
Police searched widely
for other explosive devices, and two law enforcement officials said no
other explosive devices had been found. The officials said that as many
as seven suspicious packages were destroyed in controlled explosions but
they were later found not to be actual bombs. The law enforcement
officials who have been briefed on the matter were not authorized to
Authorities also issued a bulletin for an
unidentified man who was seen running from a restricted area. It was
unclear, according to the federal official, whether the person was
anything other than a witness.
The state, local and federal
investigation into the bombings is being led by the FBI. Special Agent
Rick Deslauriers said investigators were looking at possible terrorism,
but he refused comment on specific suspects or leads in the case.
"It is a very active, fluid investigation at this time,'' he said.
Tuesday, Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan,
told the AFP news agency that it was not involved in the attack. The
Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the 2010 Time Square
The devices were described by the official as
relatively small and possibly containing small ball bearings or BB gun
pellets designed to serve as shrapnel. It was unclear whether the
devices were remotely detonated or included timers, the official said,
adding that no conclusions had been drawn on whether an organized group
or lone wolf had been responsible for the attack.
reports indicated a person of interest was being held at an undisclosed
hospital. But authorities later dismissed those reports. Davis said
investigators are talking to several people but "there is no suspect at
The dead included an 8-year-old boy, The Boston Globe
reported, citing law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.
Among the injured, 17 were reported in critical condition. The victims
at eight local hospitals were as young as 2.
"There were so many
people in that area that they couldn't get ambulances in there," said
Joe Difazio, who was working on communications near the site when the
blasts occurred. "They were wheeling people out in wheelchairs. One guy
had no legs. The bones was just sticking out. ... It was horrible."
off at one of the world's premiere sporting events, the blasts ignited a
fresh round of unease and renewed security concerns across the nation.
The stark pictures of mayhem and the injured sent over TV and the
Internet also rekindled stark memories from the 9/11 terrorist attacks
on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Monday's attacks also
come just four days before the anniversary of the April 19, 1995, bomb
attack on Oklahoma City's Murrah Federal Building.
Boston Marathon blasts occurred about 12 seconds and 100 yards apart at
about 2:50 p.m., three hours after Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the
Speaking from the White House, a somber President Obama said people should not speculate over who was responsible.
still don't know who did this or why. People should not jump to
conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake. We will
get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this. We will find
out why they did this. Any individual or responsible groups will feel
the full weight of justice."
A third incident at the John F.
Kennedy Presidential Library was initially described as a third
explosion, but Davis said Monday night that it may have been only a
fire. No injuries were reported, but nearby universities were being
"After this incident occurred, there were a lot
of people running from the scene, a lot of them deposited bags and
parcels," Davis said. "Each one is being treated as a suspicious device.
At this point, we haven't found any more devices."
Bloodied spectators were carried to a medical tent intended for runners. At least one police officer was hurt.
Organizers stopped the race and locked down the marathon headquarters.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced a temporary flight restriction over Boston.
service was operating, wireless companies reported, contrary to an
earlier Associated Press report quoting a law enforcement official who
said service was cut in case there were other undetected devices.
elite women runners started the race at 9:30 a.m., and the elite men
followed about 30 minutes later. About 27,000 runners were in the field
for the Patriots' Day race.
Nancy Costa, a medical student from
Reading, Pa., was running with her friend Jill Edmonds of Salem, N.H.,
when the explosions erupted.
"It was insane here. Everyone was
running. I was right next to the explosion. It threw me," she said. "I
never sprinted so fast after a marathon.
"The first (blast) threw
me onto the ground. And everything went silent and then the second went
off and I just covered my head and got up and started sprinting.
Everyone was screaming and people were getting trampled. We finally
found an open T (subway train) that just arrived in Wellington
(station). We had to walk a few miles to find one open."
DelGuzzi of Pittsburgh was waiting on Boylston Street for her friend to
cross the finish line when she found herself pressed against a building,
ducking for cover from the blasts.
"At first, I thought it was
fireworks, but then I saw the smoke go up in the air," said DelGuzzi,
who was standing between the two explosions. "Then, not even a minute
later, the second one went off."
She described the scene as "mass chaos" and said, "Oh my God, it was loud."
explosions shook everything," she said, her voice still shaking 40
minutes after the bombs went off. "I saw runners down in the street. I
saw people down on the sidewalk."
DelGuzzi, 41, has run numerous marathons but was not running in Boston. Her friend reported to her that she was OK.
Jim Davis, one of the marathon's official photographers, told TheDes Moines Register he was about 50 feet from where the first blast ripped through a glass storefront.
was falling. Fortunately I was far enough away that there weren't any
glass shards," said Davis, 65, of Fairfield, Iowa. "Then people started
running and screaming and I realized this is not an accident - I should
get out of there."
After the second explosion, about a block away,
Davis returned for his camera gear and saw one man who had lost both
his legs and others who were severely cut.
"I'm not a war correspondent," he said. "I'm not used to seeing people blown up with injuries."
Beusse, president of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group, had just
finished the race and was about 150 yards away from the explosion.
was this giant explosion. All of us turned around, the runners, and had
these looks on their faces like 'Oh my God.' ... Immediately, it turned
into mayhem. People were screaming. Cops told us to keep moving away
from the finish line in the direction we were going. No one knew what
was coming next - and thankfully, nothing was next."
General Hospital was treating 19 victims, spokeswoman Susan McGreevey
said. Six were in surgery in critical condition, four suffering
"traumatic amputations" from having legs cut off by the force of the
Tufts New England Medical Center had nine patients
"and we're expecting more," said spokeswoman Julie Jette. Brigham and
Women's Hospital reported receiving 18 to 20 injured from the
explosions, two in critical condition.
As night fell at Brigham
and Women's Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center, three police officers
with rifles stood guard at the front entrance. Inside, physicians cared
for 28 victims of the Boylston Street blast, including two in critical
condition, two at risk of losing limbs and nine who needed surgery.
throughout the hospital felt the impact of the day's events. Social
worker Laura Taylor was among those not allowed to leave at 4 p.m. due
to a lockdown to ensure security, but instead stayed past 7 p.m. As she
checked on patients, other social workers and psychologists tended to
family members in expanded waiting areas.
"We've had other
emergencies over the seven years I've worked here, but nothing where we
had to go into lockdown," Taylor said. "This had a level of intensity
greater than anything else, just knowing what was happening outside."
gathered outside to comfort one another. Marathoner Kirsten Scott was
still wearing her number as she talked with a friend and thought about
her husband, a surgery resident tending to patients. "We're just
praying," she said.
The most common injuries were to bones and
tissues. Among the youngest, a 3-year-old was transferred to Boston
Children's Hospital for treatment.
Michael Malcolm, a
concierge at the Bryant Back Bay apartment building who was a couple of
blocks from the race finish line, heard the blasts, but said they didn't
register until he saw crowds of runners coming up the street, some
knocking on the front door of the building asking if they could use his
telephone or plug in their cellphones to let loved ones know they were
At one point, a perpetual wail of sirens was so loud that people had to shout when talking to one another, he said.
"It's scary because we're not used to things happening like this in this city," said Malcolm, 21.
Police evacuated a 15-block area around Boston's Copley Square and bolstered security around the city.
Security was also increased around Washington and New York.
New York Police Department has stepped up security around landmarks in
Manhattan, including near prominent hotels, said Paul Browne, deputy
commissioner of the NYPD.
"New Yorkers should be
alert. And we ask them to be aware of their surroundings and if they see
anything suspicious, call our resources, call 911," New York City
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
"We've had the experience
here of significant events and plots against us, so we would hope that
New Yorkers are vigilant," said Kelly, referring to the 9/11 terrorist
attack, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other major incidents.
"We are in the cross hairs of terrorists, and we don't believe the
threat has diminished very much. We don't know the genesis of this. We
don't know who's responsible for it. But we sort of have to have a
360-degree perimeter in this city and other cities as well, obviously."
Contributing: John Bacon, Kevin Johnson, Liz Szabo, Oren Dorell, Roxanna Scott, Melanie Eversley, Donna Leinwand Leger,G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Aamer Madhani, Linda Dono, Elizabeth Weise, William M. Welch, USA TODAY