April 17, 2013

Boston investigators recover pressure cooker lid

Eileen Sullivan and Jay Lindsay / The Associated Press

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Investigators comb through the post finish line area of the Boston Marathon at Boylston Street on Wednesday, two days after two bombs exploded just before the finish line.

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Investigators scour the area of Boylston Street just beyond the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Wednesday. An FBI official says cooperation from the community will play a key role in the investigation. He said more than 2,000 tips had been received by midday Tuesday.

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The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Boston, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Medford. The Shenyang Evening News, a state-run Chinese newspaper, identified the third victim as Lu Lingzi. She was a graduate student at Boston University.

Officials found that the bombs in Boston consisted of explosives put in ordinary, 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one with shards of metal and ball bearings, the other with nails, according to a person close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe was still going on.

Both bombs were stuffed into black bags and left on the ground, the person said.

DesLauriers confirmed that investigators had found pieces of black nylon from a bag or backpack and fragments of BBs and nails, possibly contained in a pressure cooker. He said the items were sent to the FBI laboratory at Quantico, Va., for analysis.

Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in international terrorism, and have been recommended for lone-wolf operatives by al-Qaida's branch in Yemen.

But information on how to make the bombs is readily found online, and U.S. officials said Americans should not rush to judgment in linking the attack to overseas terrorists.

Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 intelligence report by the FBI and the Homeland Security Department. One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, the report said.

"Placed carefully, such devices provide little or no indication of an impending attack," the report said.

Investigators in the Boston bombing were combing surveillance tapes from businesses around the finish line and asking travelers at Logan Airport to share any photos or video that might help.

"This is probably one of the most photographed areas in the country yesterday," said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. He said two security sweeps of the marathon route had been conducted before the blasts.

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A sign hangs from a barricade on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Wednesday as the city continues to cope following Monday's explosions near the finish line of the marathon.

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Jillian Blenis, 30, of Boston, reacts while stopping at a makeshift memorial on Wednesday in Boston.

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Two men in hazardous materials suits put numbers on the shattered glass and debris as they investigate the scene at the first bombing on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a day after two blasts killed three and injured over 170 people.

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