They're showing the tape on Boston TV. If you were in front of this retail shop on the ground floor you would have been hit by glass and debris, moving out onto the sidewalk. Speculation that a bomb was left in two business (explo. 15 secs. apart). Two deaths unconfirmed. Twenty serious inj's.
But the context is the event and its place in the US. Terrorists tend to value such things highly as they carry more 'bang' for their buck. I will get my wife's take in a bit, she does security game theory stuff for DHS.
One of my colleagues finished at 4:02; she is OK. Apparently one of the clocks had 4:10 (I cannot make it out in the photos I have seen. 4:01:57 would have had her at the line at 2:23:09, using the data that BAA was producing at the time. Thus, finishing times of about 4:24+ would have been crossing the line at that time.
I think a grain of salt is needed. The Post is also reporting 12 dead, when everyone else is citing 2. I'm listening to the press conference from the Boston police chief at the moment, and there's no mention of a suspect.
There are also reports of a third explosion at the JFK library. Police are treating it as related, but there are other reports saying it is unrelated.
I'm surprised terrorists haven't targeted more sporting events. Large crowds, everybody feels happy and safe, sanctuaries and escape from work, taxes, traffic jams, stress etc. Make sporting venues feel scary and unsafe and the terrorists will have taken something valuable away from us. And note I'm not making any assumptions about who did this, we don't know yet.
aaronk wrote:Sad that this has to happen ANYWHERE!! But to have happen at a SPORTING event is just plain SICK!!
Memories of Atlanta!
I don't think the fact that this is a sporting event has any relevance at all. Killing innocent people is sick wherever, this is no worse than eg 9/11 or 7/7
Exactly! Homicide is homicide, regardless of the context. This idea that sporting events are somehow sacred and "apart" from real life is just baffling to me.
On a day like this, I shouldn't have to defend what I say. But at least since Munich, "sporting events" have become a target for people wanting to make political statements through violence.
Munich, Atlanta, and now this.
The Boston Marathon is a FAMILY event....meaning there were children present! And the bombs went off at a time in the race when they could potentially harm the most people.
Yes, I 100% agree that bombings (or violence of ANY kind!) are ALL awful events, and should be totally condemned, no matter the target!
But damn it, a sports event....whether it's a major marathon, the World Series or Super Bowl, or just your local kids soccer game....is a SPORTS event.....not a battlefield for political idealogies to make a statement!!!
This is HORRIFIC, plain and simple!!
And BTW, London and NYC and other major marathon venues have already been in contact with Boston. This could (or WILL) change the whole dynamic of these events!!