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UPDATED: 3 confirmed bomb blasts in Boston. 2 near finish line of Marathon. 1 at JFK library. At least 2 dead & 23 injured. Listen to Boston FD live.

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4:50 PM:

According to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis there was a third explosion at the JFK library. No unexploded devices found. Relatives looking for victims can call 617 635 4500.  Witnesses should call 800 494 TIPS.

4:32 PM:

Boston Police Department have scheduled a press conference at 4:45 PM at the Westin Hotel. Boston Police also looking for video of the finish line.

News reports indicate there were other possible unexploded devices that the police bomb squad handled. CBS reports one unexploded device handled by bomb squad. Bombs were in trash cans.

4:07 PM:

Official word from Boston Police Department Twitter feed at 4:07 PM is that two people have died and 23 are injured after two bomb blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon a few seconds apart.

Boston PD began Tweeting on this at 3:40 PM about 50 minutes after the explosions occurred. Below are the intitial tweets.



Boston police say there’s been a third explosion in the city, following two blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed two people and injured many others.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren’t certain that the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they’re treating them as if they are.

David says there are no injuries stemming from the third explosion.

He urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups.

The Boston Marathon said that bombs caused the two explosions and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what happened. The Boston Police Department said two people were killed and 23 others injured.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Roupen Bastajian, a 35-year-old state trooper from Greenville, R.I., had just finished the race when they put the heat blanket wrap on him and he heard the first blast.

“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.”

A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

There are a lot of people down,” said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg.

Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags lining the route of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.

“There are people who are really, really bloody,” said Laura McLean, a runner from Toronto, who was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when she was pulled out to make room for victims of the explosions. “They were pulling them into the medical tent.”

Cherie Falgoust was waiting for her husband, who was running the race.

“I was expecting my husband any minute,” she said. “I don’t know what this building is … it just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don’t know what it was. I just ducked.”

Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to an emergency plan that had been in place. 

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  • Fire21

    The problem with terrorists is that they don’t care who they kill, or when or where…they do it with joy. I’d joyously help execute the bastards if they get caught!!


    COWARDLY BASTARDS. An enemy that doesn`t dare to fight face to face but choose to remain invisible and hide. COWARDLY YELLOW SPINELESS BASTARDS.

    • mark

      The same case could be made for those who use drones.

      Sorry Dave, trying not to make it political.

      Prayers to the victims, their families and all the responders.

      • BH

        Sorry Dave, trying not to make it political.

        Bullshit statement, considering you already did. GFY.

        • mark

          Hugs and kisses to you, too.

          We’ve managed to kill over 500 children using drones and over 3,000 men and women on top of those children who just happened to be around the terrorist suspects.

          You don’t think those parents grieved at the loss of their children, mothers, fathers? But since we don’t see it, we ignore what we are doing to others.

          I’m done with this part of the discussion.

  • Dee

    thoughts are with all victims and their families


    We are bloodied and grieving but we are Boston strong and we will find who did this. Stay safe Brothers and Sisters.

  • fedup

    I think the official report is that the JFK blast is now being determined to be a mechanical fire…unrelated to the bombings

    • dave statter

      Yes. This was a post from yesterday.

  • NJSteve

    Yes, today confirmed that their were only two.

    Dave, how did you get sucked in confirming there were three? The one at the library I considered skeptical right from the start, because I wasn’t hearing any real concrete news about it.

    I could see a regular journalist getting sucked into repeating this story, but I’m surprised someone with your experience did. In light of your above post, about the facebook post, which I totally appreciate and agree with, you also should watch your headlines more carefully. Getting people to click on a story isn’t the only important thing. Your integrity is also, especially since this site has your name on it. Saying there is a “report,” which is acceptable, is way different than saying “confirmed.”

    • dave statter

      Actually Steve the third device came right from the mouth of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis during the first briefing. That was the first time I had heard of it. At the second briefing he called it an incendiary device and wasn’t sure it was related. They backed further away from it later in the evening.

      When the top dog puts his face on camera and says it is true, barring information to the contrary, my news standards say that’s confirmation. I don’t fault Commissioner Davis for the error. In the fog of war he got some faulty information and he corrected it quickly. I have been impressed by his generally clear and blunt information.

      But Steve I think you are focusing on the wrong wrong report. The wrong news about the number of devices that is frustrating and bothersome to me is the insistance by numerous reporters, one or two I hold in very high regard, that there were two unexploded devices recovered. I was convinced from listening to the fire and police radio traffic live that it didn’t happen that way. I believed that this was confusion over other suspicious packages found in the immediate aftermath of the bombings, including one that was rendered safe (and it turned out I was right). I believe they used a water cannon to disrupt it (not detonate it, as was reported). The loud boom had the fire department dispatch another explosion that was quickly dismissed because everyone had been warned.

      I believe in the initial press conference (or possibly the second one, I can’t recall) Commissioner Davis said there were no unexploded devices. But network reporters and some local reporters insisted that there were. They cited federal law enforcement sources. And this morning a U.S. senator (I believe from Massachussets) did the same, on camera, on the record, citing intelligence sources. I was still dubious, but I had referenced it, citing news reports and then quickly “X” ed it out (where it remains that way). I even cut that sentence out of an AP report I ran. Sure enough Gov. Patrick made it clear at the 9:30 briefing today, that there were no unexploded devices.

      Before we start getting on the news media, It has become increasingly difficult because of social media and the much more instaneous nature of the information flow to really pin down your sources as to where they got that information. Not defending the error. Just a reminder that eveyrone needs to do a better job during breaking news to at least get the major facts right.

      BTW, I think this would have been a great use of the Boston PD’s social media in counteracting the misinformation and taking control of that part of the story.

      Thanks for trying to keep me honest Steve, but in this case, I believe I was only a little bit pregnant. But I will let you be the judge.

      • mark

        Dave, listening to the live feed you posted, it wouldcould have been very easy to become very pregnant. There were numerous reports of suspicious packages and vehicles, etc. I think you did a great job.

        At one point, Fire was asking dispatch about a bomb at the library and was wanting to send units there, because they had been told that very thing by a police officer. Dispatch confirmed that there was NOT a bomb at the library, but numerous news outlets were still reporting it that way.

        Very confusing to sort out the details that quick. You could have been like the New York Post and been quadrupling the number of fatalities.