Series of explosions at Boston Marathon near finish line

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  • I'm going to wait for an accurate report to come out but right now it sounds like a terrorist attack which makes me want to cry...I spent 5 years in a fight against terrorist groups and radicals, hoping that attacks against our country would be over. That somehow we made a difference in how these radicals will think about attacking our land.

    Perhaps my actions only encouraged radicals to continue fighting or perhaps as a country we took the wrong steps in the war on terror. Either way, I feel strangely responsible for this. Like as a solider & citizen who's job was to protect this country, we didn't do a good enough job. This is so sad. As a man who's been around bombs who's purpose is to kill innocents, with no real target, I feel for those in Boston today. No person should have to go through such a hateful, crime against its fellow man, to feel that fear.

    I hope we continue to come together as a country and look at what the next best steps are to keep our countrymen and women safe from acts like this.

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  • It seems like a terrorist would have used larger explosives. Horrible tragedy today. A lot of sick people in the world.

    Some some pretty graphic photos. I hope all those injured make it through.
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  • Yeah who knows, could be a domestic idiot or a foreign idiot. Also, might be a lone wolf like that muslim soldier who shot up the Army base on his own, but in the name of the terrorists. Could be a domestic guy, but they usually target government targets, a public marathon doesn't seem to fit, but who knows.
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  • Here is a video of the explosions. Might be disturbing for some.

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    And I apologize if this is the same video that MLO posted. For some reason the embedded videos won't display on my device.
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  • Recon_Hawk wrote:I'm going to wait for an accurate report to come out but right now it sounds like a terrorist attack which makes me want to cry...I spent 5 years in a fight against terrorist groups and radicals, hoping that attacks against our country would be over. That somehow we made a difference in how these radicals will think about attacking our land.

    Perhaps my actions only encouraged radicals to continue fighting or perhaps as a country we took the wrong steps in the war on terror. Either way, I feel strangely responsible for this. Like as a solider & citizen who's job was to protect this country, we didn't do a good enough job. This is so sad. As a man who's been around bombs who's purpose is to kill innocents, with no real target, I feel for those in Boston today. No person should have to go through such a hateful, crime against its fellow man, to feel that fear.

    I hope we continue to come together as a country and look at what the next best steps are to keep our countrymen and women safe from acts like this.

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  • jack_patera wrote:
    Recon_Hawk wrote:I'm going to wait for an accurate report to come out but right now it sounds like a terrorist attack which makes me want to cry...I spent 5 years in a fight against terrorist groups and radicals, hoping that attacks against our country would be over. That somehow we made a difference in how these radicals will think about attacking our land.

    Perhaps my actions only encouraged radicals to continue fighting or perhaps as a country we took the wrong steps in the war on terror. Either way, I feel strangely responsible for this. Like as a solider & citizen who's job was to protect this country, we didn't do a good enough job. This is so sad. As a man who's been around bombs who's purpose is to kill innocents, with no real target, I feel for those in Boston today. No person should have to go through such a hateful, crime against its fellow man, to feel that fear.

    I hope we continue to come together as a country and look at what the next best steps are to keep our countrymen and women safe from acts like this.

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    Yeah Recon, I agree with Jack on this.
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  • What kind of warped mind could agree to do something like this to children. Praying for the victims.
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  • This is such a stupid act of cowardice. Internal or external extremist. Hope they find the joker(s) and just punishment is delivered.

    ABC News has confirmed that one of the dead in Boston is an 8 year old child. Absolutely speechless. Praying without ceasing.
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  • Mona you may be forgetting the Atlanta Olympic bombings..

    To me this feels domestic and it feels like a couple idiots, not one on his own.

    Any more word on the library fire? If there are secondary devices that fire could have been meant to bring in police and firemen.

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  • Could've been North Korea because its suppose to be the celebration of national kim jung day or something like that. Anyways, they usually do something retarded on this day.

    They just threatened South Korea again today and said they would take "Action Immediately" (referring to today).
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/15/us-korea-north-idUSBRE93D0DS20130415

    I personally believe it was either a muslim or a american who hates the government and just saw this N.KOrea threat as a scapegoat to get the US to point fingers at N. Korea.


    My other guess is that some radical tea party member, No Taxation without representation.
    It's Tax Day and we all know God Forbid a Tea Party member has to pay their taxes.
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  • Thanks for all you and you and brothers in arms have done for us Recon. Wishing those that made it through with their lives a speedy recovery.
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  • Can't help but be aware a running event with more people coming right here in a bit more than 2 weeks. First sunday in May is Bloomsday.

    37,000 participants in Boston, probabley closer to 50,000 for us. Perhaps not as many spectators. Told the wife imagine 50,000 runners/walkers boxed in downtown between buildings for the hour prior to the start is a nightmare to even consider.

    Its building to building, body to body, down there waiting. If this is from the middle east that's what they want to do...attack our way of life.

    Seems to me there would have been way more explosive power if this was from AlQuida. Either way it truly sucks.
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  • I was at the marathon today, my brother was one of the runners. I spent all day today- can't believe it was today!- walking up and down the streets there. I met my brother on Boylston street right after he finished. We were sitting down when we heard the explosions booming down the street. Nobody panicked, though, because it sounded like a cannon shot, like maybe it was part of the festivities.

    Then we saw police officers running in a bee line down the sidewalk. A moment later, a girl came sprinting down the sidewalk in a panic, pushing people out of her way. That's when we knew something was wrong, but no one had the faintest idea what happened.

    We left to find something to eat, heading toward the train station he was going to take home. Sirens filled the air. Obviously something bad had happened, but the news wasn't traveling. I walked into a restaurant in Copley Square to see if they could seat us and the place was jamming, the TVs still showing baseball highlights. That's when I started getting texts from my ex-girlfriend ("Are you okay? I'm watching the news now!") followed by the picture of the bloody sidewalk that was only a few blocks away.

    At that point my brother insisted on getting to the train, even as I asked him if it was safe to take a train. We walked past the streets as they were being closed down without any idea about what had happened. The trains out of Copley were still running so he hopped on, and I walked back outside. By that point, there were screaming ambulances everywhere and a helicopter overhead.

    I walked out of Copley and toward downtown, grabbing a slice of pizza on the way, and for the first time I saw the footage on TV. My phone was blowing up at this point saying it was confirmed as a terrorist attack, that other explosives had been found, and to stay away from mailboxes and trains. It was surreal, walking through the crowded sidewalks of downtown Boston and eating a slice of pizza like everything was normal, while wondering if the city was under attack and another bomb was about to go off, or if the city was about to get locked down and I'd be stuck there for awhile.

    To my relief, my train left without any issue. I wasn't a hero today, sad to say. I didn't run to the hospital to offer to give blood. I was really confused, more than anything else. I went down there today to celebrate my birthday and watch my brother cross the finish line. Hell of a birthday! I'm glad my brother didn't slack off out there today, he crossed the finish line about half an hour before the explosions.
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  • TripHawk wrote:I was at the marathon today, my brother was one of the runners. I spent all day today- can't believe it was today!- walking up and down the streets there. I met my brother on Boylston street right after he finished. We were sitting down when we heard the explosions booming down the street. Nobody panicked, though, because it sounded like a cannon shot, like maybe it was part of the festivities.

    Then we saw police officers running in a bee line down the sidewalk. A moment later, a girl came sprinting down the sidewalk in a panic, pushing people out of her way. That's when we knew something was wrong, but no one had the faintest idea what happened.

    We left to find something to eat, heading toward the train station he was going to take home. Sirens filled the air. Obviously something bad had happened, but the news wasn't traveling. I walked into a restaurant in Copley Square to see if they could seat us and the place was jamming, the TVs still showing baseball highlights. That's when I started getting texts from my ex-girlfriend ("Are you okay? I'm watching the news now!") followed by the picture of the bloody sidewalk that was only a few blocks away.

    At that point my brother insisted on getting to the train, even as I asked him if it was safe to take a train. We walked past the streets as they were being closed down without any idea about what had happened. The trains out of Copley were still running so he hopped on, and I walked back outside. By that point, there were screaming ambulances everywhere and a helicopter overhead.

    I walked out of Copley and toward downtown, grabbing a slice of pizza on the way, and for the first time I saw the footage on TV. My phone was blowing up at this point saying it was confirmed as a terrorist attack, that other explosives had been found, and to stay away from mailboxes and trains. It was surreal, walking through the crowded sidewalks of downtown Boston and eating a slice of pizza like everything was normal, while wondering if the city was under attack and another bomb was about to go off, or if the city was about to get locked down and I'd be stuck there for awhile.

    To my relief, my train left without any issue. I wasn't a hero today, sad to say. I didn't run to the hospital to offer to give blood. I was really confused, more than anything else. I went down there today to celebrate my birthday and watch my brother cross the finish line. Hell of a birthday! I'm glad my brother didn't slack off out there today, he crossed the finish line about half an hour before the explosions.


    Crazy. Glad you and your brother are ok.
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  • Firstly my thoughts go out to all those affected by this. Secondly,I am hard pressed to think of a more desperate act of outright cowardice. No room on this planet for these people!

    P.S. CNN was just saying that there have been several amputations due to the severity of the damage.
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  • The individual(s) the committed this heinous act are the worst type of cowards that exist. The minute you TARGET innocent people is the time your "cause" or "organization" or "country" loses any credibility it may have had. I am SO PISSED right now!

    All .net members, rather you like my on-line "persona" hate it or are indifferent, do me and your country a small favor, DO NOT let incidents like this make you live in fear. Be sad, be mad, have empathy for the victims and their loved ones, just dont live your lives in fear because of the actions of a very minute number of purely evil people.

    Give your family extra long hugs and tell them you love them, and LIVE your lives, that is the best revenge we can have against the evil cowards that committed this heinous crime in Boston.

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  • Recon_Hawk wrote:I'm going to wait for an accurate report to come out but right now it sounds like a terrorist attack which makes me want to cry...I spent 5 years in a fight against terrorist groups and radicals, hoping that attacks against our country would be over. That somehow we made a difference in how these radicals will think about attacking our land.

    Perhaps my actions only encouraged radicals to continue fighting or perhaps as a country we took the wrong steps in the war on terror. Either way, I feel strangely responsible for this. Like as a solider & citizen who's job was to protect this country, we didn't do a good enough job. This is so sad. As a man who's been around bombs who's purpose is to kill innocents, with no real target, I feel for those in Boston today. No person should have to go through such a hateful, crime against its fellow man, to feel that fear.

    I hope we continue to come together as a country and look at what the next best steps are to keep our countrymen and women safe from acts like this.

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  • Sports Hernia wrote:The individual(s) the committed this heinous act are the worst type of cowards that exist. The minute you TARGET innocent people is the time your "cause" or "organization" or "country" loses any credibility it may have had. I am SO PISSED right now!

    All .net members, rather you like my on-line "persona" hate it or are indifferent, do me and your country a small favor, DO NOT let incidents like this make you live in fear. Be sad, be mad, have empathy for the victims and their loved ones, just dont live your lives in fear because of the actions of a very minute number of purely evil people.

    Give your family extra long hugs and tell them you love them, and LIVE your lives, that is the best revenge we can have against the evil cowards that committed this heinous crime in Boston.

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    AWESOME post!!


    And Recon, do not let the bastards get you down. It does not fall on your shoulders or any other man or woman that was part of the effort to stop terrorism that this or any other event happened. It falls on the cowards that do this shit and no one else. Without the efforts of you and everyone else that has been part of trying to put a lid on this, it's very likely more incidents of this nature would've occurred.
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  • Damn....My band will be playing at the Rock N Roll marathon in San Diego on the 2nd of June, this is NOT comforting and it is disgusting that violence is so prevalent in this world.
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  • Largent80 wrote:Damn....My band will be playing at the Rock N Roll marathon in San Diego on the 2nd of June, this is NOT comforting and it is disgusting that violence is so prevalent in this world.

    Rock out with your Hawk out brother, don't let the cowards take that event away from you.
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  • Largent80 wrote:Damn....My band will be playing at the Rock N Roll marathon in San Diego on the 2nd of June, this is NOT comforting and it is disgusting that violence is so prevalent in this world.

    Will pray for your safety man. Your Hawkas need your positivity this coming season and we need you here.
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  • Wow, one report says 25-30 people lost limbs... and the bombs were pressure cookers which at this time points to either the Taliban/Al Quaeda or someone who read the terrorist bomb manual on the internet (apparently it teaches bombers how to make them with pressure cookers full of shrapnel).
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  • MLOhawks wrote:Wow, one report says 25-30 people lost limbs... and the bombs were pressure cookers which at this time points to either the Taliban/Al Quaeda or someone who read the terrorist bomb manual on the internet (apparently it teaches bombers how to make them with pressure cookers full of shrapnel).

    Sounds like a white guy is the main suspect, more than likely domestic terrorism.
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  • Apparently whoever it was used metal ball bearings in the pressure cookers, which explains the number of lost limbs. Also makes me think that this is someone who knew what they were doing and how to do it well.
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  • Spounge84 wrote:Apparently whoever it was used metal ball bearings in the pressure cookers, which explains the number of lost limbs. Also makes me think that this is someone who knew what they were doing and how to do it well.

    Actually according to a couple of ex-military bomb experts I heard on the radio over the past few days they said they knew it was a domestic (amateur terrorist) because of the placement of the shrapnel (low). Said from their experience that if it was al-Qaeda or a Taliban type group the shrapnel wold have been placed higher to cause a higher death toll from chest and head carnage, they said the death toll could have been much higher with a different bomb configuration. Real scary shit either way!
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  • My thoughts go out to all those affected by this terrible incident. :(
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  • AbsolutNET wrote:http://www.fbi.gov/news/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston

    Pictures released by the Feds of a couple guys they are interested in


    If you click on to the picture page, it really makes you realize how unrealistic all those crime shows are where they digitally enhance and clear up the images to make the face clear. I know that you can't, because the pixels simply don't exist, the data isn't there and the computer has to "fill in" the missing data which causes blurry images when blown up.

    I bet someone in that crowd has a clear picture of one of these guys and simply doesn't realize it yet.
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  • MLOhawks wrote:
    AbsolutNET wrote:http://www.fbi.gov/news/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston

    Pictures released by the Feds of a couple guys they are interested in


    If you click on to the picture page, it really makes you realize how unrealistic all those crime shows are where they digitally enhance and clear up the images to make the face clear. I know that you can't, because the pixels simply don't exist, the data isn't there and the computer has to "fill in" the missing data which causes blurry images when blown up.

    I bet someone in that crowd has a clear picture of one of these guys and simply doesn't realize it yet.



    Oh they exist all right they are expensive as hell and businesses that put them up outside are not going to spend the tens of thousands of dollars it could cost when they could be stolen or damaged.

    And the comment about a picture from someone in the crowd? I'd wager they are counting on people looking at their picture to see.

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  • MLOhawks wrote:
    AbsolutNET wrote:http://www.fbi.gov/news/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston

    Pictures released by the Feds of a couple guys they are interested in


    If you click on to the picture page, it really makes you realize how unrealistic all those crime shows are where they digitally enhance and clear up the images to make the face clear. I know that you can't, because the pixels simply don't exist, the data isn't there and the computer has to "fill in" the missing data which causes blurry images when blown up.

    I bet someone in that crowd has a clear picture of one of these guys and simply doesn't realize it yet.

    I'm willing to bet someone does too.
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  • For those who offered, thanks for the supportive words...I know I overreacted a bit, but I'm a bit more sensitive towards these types of acts (cowardly bombs) since I've been directly in the middle of such attacks like this (tho, I would not call myself an innocent, being a soldier), and have seen these types of IED (Improvised Explosive Device) used against real Iraqi innocents. Thinking I was in anyway responsible for any sort of terrorist attack is a bit dumb, but that's sort of the person I am. No matter how much I know can't change something, there's still that little bit that thinks I can. In a way, i wish more people higher up in the government had some of that same mentality. Maybe we'd see less of these sort of things in our country. Anyway, I hope these bastards get caught soon.
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  • I posted this elsewhere. Aunt swears it can't be these kids cause they are angels.


    Wants proof and thinks anything up to this point is made up.

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  • Most people that end up doing heinous things have family and friends that are shocked and appalled, and "simply can't believe it"... Just more evidence that people see what they want to see, and that people CAN be evil but put up a good front that very few people, if any, can see through.

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