Two deadly bomb blasts, seconds apart, turned the 117th Boston Marathon – the nation’s premier event for elite and recreational runners – into a tragedy on Monday. Here is a timeline of how the day’s events unfolded beginning with the initial reports that an apparent attack was underway.
2:50 p.m. — As thousands more runners run down Boylston Street toward the finish line, two explosions erupt, about a block apart and within about 8 seconds of one another.
2:51-2:59 p.m. — Race volunteers and emergency workers on the scene rush to the aid of wounded spectators. A medical tent set up to care for fatigued runners is converted into a makeshift trauma clinic. Billowing gray smoke rises above a running gear store that overlooks the end of the marathon course.
3 p.m. — Boston police report an incident at 673 Boylston St. in Boston, but do not say what it is. Boston police, fire and other emergency crews respond. Marathon headquarters at the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel near the finish line is locked down.
3:30 p.m. — Reports and images from the scene begin to circulate on social media, including some graphic photos.
4 p.m. — Law enforcement sources tell NBC News that small homemade bombs caused the explosions.
4:10 p.m. — Boston officials report at least two people are dead and at least 100 other people injured, including some victims who had their legs severed; senior U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC that another undetonated bomb was found near the finish line; the FAA restricts flights around Boston’s airspace and halts all flights in and out of Boston’s Logan International Airport.
4:12 p.m. — Police report a third blast near the JFK Library in Dorchester, Mass., about five miles to the south of Copley Square, but say it caused no injuries.
4:30-5 p.m. — New York City, Washington, D.C., announce increased security. Pennsylvania Avenue next to the White House is closed to pedestrian traffic; a White House official, speaking with NBC News on condition of anonymity, says attack is being treated as “act of terrorism.”
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis says each of the two blasts had multiple casualties. He urges people to stay inside and not gather in large groups.
President Barack Obama calls Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and offers federal resources to assist in the investigation.
The JFK Library reports that a fire in the building is out, and that it had appeared to have started in a mechanical room. Police Commissioner Davis now says that the fire does not seem to be related to the bombings.
5:42 p.m. — Flights resume at Boston’s Logan airport.
6 p.m. — Officials tell reporters that Boston PD officers are “guarding” a wounded man at a Boston hospital as a “possible suspect.”
6:10 p.m. — B. Hussien Obama addresses the nation and offers condolences to the victims in Boston. “We will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this,” he says in a 3-minute statement. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”
6:30 p.m. — An 8-year-old is reported to be one of the two people killed in the twin blasts. He is later identified as Martin Richards. His mother and are still recovering from serious injuries. His father ran the marathon.
8:55 p.m. — Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis announces the death toll rises to three in the Boston Marathon explosions.
10:20 p.m. — Police confirm two explosives, each of which contained BBs or ball bearings that functioned as shrapnel; be-on-the-lookout alerts are issued for a man seen leaving the blast scene in dark clothing and a hood as well as one for a rental truck seen attempting to enter the area near the finish line.
Yesterday, one of the first groups of marathon runners to cross the finish line were military personnel who ran the entire 26.2 miles in full fatigues, boots, and backpacks. Later, there were reports that a few of these same men were seen pulling the barricades back to assist the injured.
News media organizations were passed crime scene photos today. These are from WSB in Atlanta gathered from their web site.
Photo of a shredded backpack that law enforcement believes was part of a bomb used at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Photo of what was left of a pressure cooker that law enforcement believes was packed with explosives and shrapnel before being used as a bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Meanwhile, everyone from Obama and Michael Moore to the US Forest Service insist that Conservatives & Tea Party members are responsible for the attack (which I highly doubt). If it is some religious extreme right-wing group, I don’t think they would call themselves Conservative.
Others, like edgy Alex Jones claim a ‘false flag’ – meaning a red herring designed to take our attention away while the nation moves closer to being a social police state.
But while the charges, claims and counter charges continue to mount as well as the development of conspiracy theories, one fact remains: in an event that is designed for families, friends & athletes to gather for enjoying a traditional spring rite, no one was safe that day; many were needlessly injured and died.
We can point fingers all we like and while this should not have happened, it did. Clearly we need to fix some things so it never does even though we live in that kind of world now.
Even with the advent of specialized crime prevention and detection, some things were missed and every day people like you and I had to pay the price.
Clearly the government is unable or incapable to protecting anyone but themselves. Protection is pretty much left to the individual and their family. This is 21st century reality and it’s a hard lesson to learn, but one I fear may be repeated over and over until we the people decide we have had enough of gross inefficiencies and negligence when it come to handling potential threats from individual and groups who have a real or imagined ax to grind.
So what are we left with?
Either way Obama camp will suffer from this or the Right-wing revolution suffers. One side or another will go down.My bet is despite the spin, it will be the Obama camp fro the simple reason they are inconsistent with each telling of a situation, extremely disorganized, brutally self-centered, poorly and immaturely managed.
I guess we’ll see. In the meantime, brace yourself as the group Anonymous will meet face to face with the members of the hate group Westboro Baptist Church at the funerals of the victims. It’s a showdown that could only have disastrous results.
And once again, we have learned nothing about life’s lessons.