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April 15, 2013 - 12:24 pm

At about 3 pm local time, two explosions reportedly went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Dozens are reportedly injured, and I heard a man on Fox’s live feed say “Oh my God, they’re dead.” Two officials just said, in front of a live camera, that three have been killed. The situation continues to develop. Video fed from the scene shows scattered debris, shattered windows and blood on the sidewalk and street. No word on the cause of the explosions yet. People tweeting from the scene describe “unspeakable horror,” and limbs blown off.

Information often changes as facts become available during unfolding situations.

Update: ABC reports on Twitter that Boston police are advising people to stay away from trash cans. They suspect that the devices were planted in barrels or trash cans near the path of the race. The timing of the blasts suggests that the explosions were timed to hit when many of the runners would have been crossing the finish line.

Update: Video from the moment of the explosion.

 

New York City has gone on high alert and is posting anti-terrorism personnel at city landmarks.

Update: The Boston Globe is live-tweeting from the scene, here.

Update: Sports producer Steve Silva was near the finish line at Copley Square and witnessed the horror.

“I was there at the finish, shooting finish line scenes, and then bang, it just went off, and then less than 15 to 20 seconds after there was a second explosion, closer to Fairfield street,” Silva said.

“It was just immediately [evident] there were injuries, right in the middle of the spectator crowds. There was blood everywhere, there were victims being carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg, people are crying, people are confused.”

“It was just an explosion, it came out of nowhere. There are multiple injuries. I saw dismemberment, I saw blood everywhere. People are badly injured.”

Update: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer irresponsibly speculated that the bombing could be the work of “anti-tax” groups.

Update: The Globe’s John Tlumacki captured a photo of the fireball.

Update: All of Boston’s off-duty police have been called in for duty. The NY Post is reporting, unconfirmed, that 12 have died in today’s blasts. CNN and Fox say the police are telling them that two have been killed.

Update:

Update: New York Times columnist Nick Kristof tries to use the bombing to score partisan points.

Update: The AP reports:

Update: Boston authorities are holding a press conference. One official just reported that there was a third incident, an explosion at the JFK Library in Dorchester. They do not know if that incident is related to the marathon bombs, but they are treating them as if they are all related.

Update: The NY Post is reporting that authorities have identified a suspect, a Saudi national.

Update: Cell phone service in Boston has been shut down to prevent remote bomb detonations.

Update: Boston police deny that anyone is in custody in connection with today’s bombings.

Update: Boston police are now saying that the JFK Library event was a fire, probably not related to the marathon bombs.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Obama has been notified. Wonder how long before he blames it on the Mohammad video?
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How about starting a petition to get Wolf Blitzer fired?
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FROM FT. HOOD TO BOSTON

After the lunatic Moslem jihadist psychiatrist Nidal Hassan killed twelve soldiers and one civilian in his deadly attack at Ft. Hood the administration refused to call it a terrorist attack calling it instead "workplace violence." Now if it's discovered that yesterday's mass causality attack in Boston was a terrorist attack carried out by a jihadist Moslem like Hassan will our see-know-evil-in-Isalm administration call it "tragic sports event violence?"
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This terrorist attack in Boston is exactly what happens when the laws and regulations pertaining to illegal aliens are ignored. This current attack might be home grown, but the next one is waiting to come in because they know that this administration doesn't care about keeping them out of this country. Wake up America! Stand up for our constitution before there is nothing left of this country to stand up for!
1 year ago
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How do any decent person still watch news from NBC,ABC&MSNBC,or CNN?I've heard some really off wall ideas since these bombs took place.Liz
1 year ago
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Over at Drudge:

Sen. Feinstein: 'It could be foreign, it could be home grown'... "

She's got her fingers crossed.

1 year ago
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Personally, I think the North Koreans may be behind this atrocity.

Today was the 101st birthday of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Kim Dynasty. The North Koreans love to celebrate his birth with aggressive, threatening gestures. Last year, they tried to launch a rocket, although it blew up very soon after takeoff. With all of Kim Jung On's recent sabre-rattling, it's not a stretch to picture him commissioning some explosions at the heart of the North Korean's greatest enemy....
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I'm thinking Weathermen, as a tie-in w Redford's recently released film...
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Blitzer will be comforted to know that the House wasn't sure what to call it; Terrorism couldn't be determined yet, because the American Language Agency hasn't been consulted.
And victims interviewed would not say whether they had actually felt like they were terrorized.
Two very important conditions before it can be condemned as TERRORISM.
Were We a great country, or what?
1 year ago
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Has Brian Ross been consulted yet about possible Tea Party involvement? The original Tea Party was in Boston, after all.
1 year ago
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Damn! Why didn't I think of that? Maybe because I actually know the Tea Partiers are patrotic, decent, caring people? Damn. Like Rush says, this new national media is way, way beyond biased. They are full blown propagandists.
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"CNN’s Wolf Blitzer irresponsibly speculated..."

Reported as 'almost' fact according to Wolfie. Is it any wonder that when speculation supplants facts that the ratings of CNN are tanking? I used to watch CNN to get the news of the day - I can't remember the last time I watched CNN and I see no reason to tune into the likes of Blitzer et al when the rampant speculation and outright lies roll off the tongues of these morons like penny gum-balls rolling out of the penny gum-ball machine. And there never is a retraction of their mindless speculations and lies.

And the gum has more value.
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I even tune CNN out at the airport. I just don't look up.
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The actual Patriot's Day is the 19th of April - the day in 1775 that The Shot Heard 'Round the World was fired.
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