Live blog: Bombings at the Boston Marathon


  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 4/15/2013 9:06:31 PM
    From the AP:

    A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.

    Authorities have not identified what caused the explosives that erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

    The explosions have killed two people and injured at least 23 others
  • RT @WEEI: NY Post reports a suspect, a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian national, is under guard at a Boston hospital. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/authorities_under_suspect_guard_y2m8cJO29uC2PDGIjYBalO
  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:06:53 PM
    An Emerson College student claims that 7 Emerson students are hospitalized. Not confirmed.
  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:06:54 PM
  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:07:39 PM
    From James Vaznis at the JFK Library:

    The JFK Presidential Library and Museum was evacuated this afternoon after an explosion and fire that are being investigated as possibly related to blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line.

    Police Chief Edward F. Davis said there was an explosion at the library.

    The fire started just after 3 p.m., said library director Thomas Putnam. Earlier this afternoon, Putnam said it appeared to have been related to a mechanical problem. The fire was quickly extinguished.

    Employees and journalists were kept far back from the building. The smell of burnt vinyl hung in the air.
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:07:46 PM

    .@ap A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in Boston area to prevent remote detonations of explosives.

    — Russell Contreras (@RussContreras) April 15, 2013

  • anne.steele 4/15/2013 9:08:02 PM

    UPDATE from BAA: Runners in Boston Common have been asked to disperse. Do not plan to meet family there. #BostonMarathon

    — Runner's World (@runnersworld) April 15, 2013

  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 4/15/2013 9:08:28 PM
    UPDATE: Boston hospitals report more than 100 being treated after Marathon explosions.
  • anne.steele 4/15/2013 9:08:42 PM

    UPDATE from BAA: Still working on plan to get belongings back to runners. May not happen today. #BostonMarathon

    — Runner's World (@runnersworld) April 15, 2013

  • anne.steele 4/15/2013 9:09:02 PM

    Wow. MT @nbcsn Reports of runners that crossed finish line and continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims.

    — Courtney Hollands (@courtney_boston) April 15, 2013

  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:09:09 PM

    I have no words for what I saw today. I don't understand the hate and senseless violence.

    — seth szilagyi (@seth10pmwbz) April 15, 2013

  • I can't believe I was at the finish line at 3 a.m. today with my bike. This is unreal.
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:09:20 PM

    Reports of Marathon Runners that crossed finish line and continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims #PrayforBoston

    — NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN) April 15, 2013

  • RT @machad: You can use this site to let people know you are okay. http://redcross.org/safeandwell CC @universalhub
  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:10:20 PM
    Google has created a Boston Marathon Explosion person finder: google.org
  • WCVB reports 6 people in "absolutely critical" condition at MGH
  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:11:17 PM

    3rd explosion at JFK library twitter.com/TomBradysEgo/s…

    — Tom Brady's Ego (@TomBradysEgo) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:11:19 PM

    RT @slate: Here is Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's official statement on the Boston bombings: slate.me/XCMrpP

    — Jessica Bartlett (@jessmayb3) April 15, 2013

  • Weird to see ppl walking around Boston Pub Garden w/ blankets and medals—like usual, except no one's smiling and everyone staring at phone
  • BPD have set up a perimeter around the abandoned Penske truck at Albany and Dearborn in Roxbury
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:12:28 PM

    Boston mayor's hotline (can help locate friends/family): 617-635-4500Crime tips hotline: 800-494-TIPS #bostonmarathon

    — MEMA (@MassEMA) April 15, 2013

  • Swati G. Sharma, Things To... 4/15/2013 9:12:48 PM
    The heavy volume of mobile phone calls around downtown Boston following explosions at the Boston Marathon has clogged cell service, blocking many from getting through to people at the scene.

    “We are experiencing call blocking due to what’s happening,” said Mark Elliott, a Sprint spokesman. “The network is blocking calls due because of the number of calls coming in exceeds the capacity.”

    He didn’t know what the exact volume of calls has been since the explosions occurred, but said many thousands of calls made at the same time in the same are overwhelm cell towers in the area.

    “There’s no way the network can handle that kind of traffic,” he said.

    There have been numerous reports of many people not able to get through to their family and friends at the marathon.

    Elliott said that mobile phone users should text the people they are trying to reach in the area instead of calling to free up the mobile networks for emergency uses.

    Verizon Wireless, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying: “Verizon Wireless has been enhancing network voice capacity to enable additional calling in the Copley Square area of Boston. Customers are advised to use text or email to free up voice capacity for public safety officials at the scene. There was no damage to the Verizon Wireless network, which is seeing elevated calling and data usage throughout the region since the explosions occurred.“


    Credit to Michael B. Farrell Globe Staff
  • Emily Wright, A&E producer 4/15/2013 9:12:49 PM
    Was just passed by four police cars, flying down the Pike from the Newton area heading toward the city. One Amesbury K9 unit, and three undercover cars.
  • anne.steele 4/15/2013 9:13:07 PM

    BPD have set up a perimeter around the abandoned Penske truck at Albany and Dearborn in Roxbury

    — Adam Gaffin (@universalhub) April 15, 2013

  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:13:30 PM
    Emerson College dormitory offers staff available for students in need of support tonight.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/15/2013 9:13:38 PM
    BPD Commissioner Ed Davis says the blast at the JFK Library around 4:30 p.m., which was announced as an unrelated electrical explosion, was actually an explosion that could be related to the explosions on Boylston Street.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/15/2013 9:13:42 PM
    The Bruins have canceled tonight's game vs. the Ottawa Senators..
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/15/2013 9:13:44 PM
    Police are asking everyone in Boston to stay home; if you do go out, do not travel in large groups.
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:14:00 PM

    RT @jonchesto: Mass General telling us they're treating 22 injured, including 6 in critical condition.

    — Jessica Bartlett (@jessmayb3) April 15, 2013

  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:14:07 PM
    wow

    Carlos Arrendondo, who was at the scene of the first explosion holding a blood-stained US Flag twitter.com/BerniceWBZ/sta…

    — Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) April 15, 2013

  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:14:14 PM

    RT @bostonsymphony: This evening's concert at Symphony Hall will NOT take place. We will be in touch with patrons planning on attending...

    — Carly Carioli (@carlycarioli) April 15, 2013

  • Common, Public Garden still crowded with runners
  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:14:46 PM

    police now blocking off area past the 40km line on beacon st. It's around an Tua nua.

    — Jaclyn Reiss (@JaclynReiss) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:15:05 PM

    #Boston off-ramp closed on Mass Pike EB at IC 22 - Copley Sq as reported by n/a #traffic bit.ly/YAC1Ic

    — TTN Boston (@TotalTrafficBOS) April 15, 2013

  • Zuri Berry 4/15/2013 9:15:11 PM
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:15:16 PM

    #Wellesley closed on Rt 128 SB at EX 21 - Rt 16 #traffic bit.ly/YAC1Ic

    — TTN Boston (@TotalTrafficBOS) April 15, 2013

  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:15:30 PM

    Scene outside of Tufts Medical. Boston Swat officer pulled gun on non-compliant man. Unclear if related at all but crowd in panic

    — Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 15, 2013

  • anne.steele 4/15/2013 9:16:31 PM

    RT@bengl3rt: Two suspicious packages AT 360 HUNTINGTON AVE CONFIRMED BY NUPD. CLEAR OUT @huntnewsnu @bostonglobe

    — Matt Soleyn (@MattSoleyn) April 15, 2013

  • Teresa Hanafin 4/15/2013 9:16:42 PM
    Federal intelligence agents have told CBS News that there was no indication that any sort of attack was planned for Boston.
  • SWAT, state police, military are gathered on Boston Common http://twitpic.com/cjmt96

  • RT @BostonRocks: @universalhub Tobin bridge looks to be shut down going into Boston I live right next to it & I see zero traffic
  • RT @adamzopf: @martha_j @Aranciata15 @universalhub @ElizAtwater Start a hashtag. Something like #bostonhelp. Ask for RT's.
  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:18:38 PM

    "Everyone was running. I was right next to the explosion. It threw me. I never sprinted so fast after a marathon." usat.ly/15gyvXx

    — USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 15, 2013

  • Swati G. Sharma, Things To... 4/15/2013 9:19:59 PM
    RT @NBCSN: Reports of Marathon Runners who crossed finish line, continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims
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