April 16, 2013

Terror in Boston

Bomb blasts at the marathon finish line kill three, injure more than 140 and leave a bloody scene described as 'what we expect from war'

By JIMMY GOLEN/The Associated Press

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Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon
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Runners approach the finish line of the Boston Marathon just as an explosion erupts Monday, one of two that took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart. The blasts knocked spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattered windows and sent dense plumes of smoke rising over the street. As many as two unexploded bombs also were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack, but they were safely disarmed, said a senior U.S. intelligence official.

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After a minute or so without another explosion, Wall said, she and her family headed to a Starbucks and out the back door through an alley. Around them, the windows of the bars and restaurants were blown out.

She said she saw six to eight people bleeding profusely, including one man who was kneeling, dazed, with blood trickling down his head. Another person was on the ground covered in blood and not moving.

"My ears are zinging. Their ears are zinging," Wall said. "It was so forceful. It knocked us to the ground."

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured, while race stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Roupen Bastajian, a state trooper from Smithfield, R.I., had just finished the race when he heard the blasts.

"I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor," he said. "We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated. ... At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing."

Nickilynn Estologa, a nursing student who was volunteering in a block-long medical tent designed to treat fatigued runners, said five to six victims immediately staggered inside. Several were children; one was in his 60s.

"Some were bleeding from the head, they had glass shards in their skin," she said. "One person had the flesh gone from his leg; it was just hanging there." Another woman, she added, was lying on a gurney as emergency personnel raced through the tent, giving her CPR.

"I just can't believe anyone would do something like this," Estologa said.

A few miles away from the finish line and around the same time, a fire broke out at the John F. Kennedy Library. The police commissioner said that the fire may have been caused by an incendiary device, but it was not clear whether it was related to the bombings.

Kevin Miller, the Press Herald's Washington bureau chief, and The Washington Post contributed to this report.


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People react to the second explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

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Emergency responders tend to injured people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon after Monday’s explosions. Three people were killed and more than 140 were injured.

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A Boston Marathon runner cries as she leaves the course near Copley Square on Monday.

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An injured person is helped on the sidewalk near the finish line after Monday’s explosions. Some victims were treated in a medical tent that had been set up to assist fatigued runners.

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