Shocking end to Boston Marathon: Timeline and Information
Every Patriots day, the third monday of April, since 1897, thousands have descended to Massachusetts on what has now become the biggest day in the city of Boston every year.
Today, however, over one hundred years of tradition was figuratively and very literally rocked from its foundation at 2:50pm EST when two explosions ripped through the crowds of people right next to the finish line, stealing 2 lives and injuring what is still being confirmed as 50 to 100 people.
It was clear that tragedy had struck when the first images of the bloodstained concrete on 673 Boylston Street and with information quickly erupting over social media sites, reporting casualty numbers, tertiary explosions and more devices possibly found, it was easy to read into all information as true.
Using information most accepted by news outlets, here is a direct list taken from a Huffington Post timeline of what’s happend so far (all times EST):
- 2:50pm, two explosions 50-100 yards engulf the finish line of Boston Marathon is smoke and chaos
- 3:00pm A fire breaks out in the mechanical room at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, according to the Dorchester Reporter
- 3:34pm The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announces suspension of several parts of the Green Line, due to police activity.
- 4:02pm Boston Police Department reports two fatalities and 23 injured, via Twitter.
- 4:08pm Officials tell NBC News that the primary cause of the explosion was a small homemade bomb.
- 4:12pm Police report a third blast near JFK library. – Ed Davis confirms that the explosion happened around 4:30 p.m. and it is being treated like “an ongoing event.” The Boston Police Department later reports that they responded to this blast around 4:12 and no injuries were reported.
- 4:15pm Officials tell NBC News that multiple explosive devices were found and at least two exploded.
- 4:30pm Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis announces at a press conferences that each of the two blasts had multiple casualties. “All the victims have been removed from the scene,” he says. He urges people to stay inside and not congregate in large groups.
- 4:30pm President Obama calls Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to offer resources.
- 6:10pm “We reaffirmed on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats,” the president says after offering his and Michelle’s condolences for the victims. “We’ll find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this.” He is careful not to suggest the event was an act of terrorism.
- 6:30pm The U.S. House is scheduled to observe a moment of silence at 6:30 p.m., led by House Speaker John Boehner.
- 6:30pm One of the two people killed in the blasts was an 8-year-old child, according to an NBC News report.
You can view an updating version of this timeline here.
As the smoke is swept from Boston and as it begins to dissipate from the annals of social media, some happenings are becoming more clear.
Here are the official preliminary statements from the Boston PD:
• “At about 2:50pm, on Monday, April 15, 2013, Boston Police responded to two large explosions along the Boston Marathon route in the area of 673 Boylston Street.
• The Boston Police Department is confirming two fatalities and over twenty injuries.
• At about 4:12pm, the Boston Police Department responded to a 3rd explosion or fire in the area of the JFK Library in Dorchester. Officials are working to determine the nature of the incident. There are no injuries to report in connection to that incident. At present, a multi-agency response including state and federal law enforcement agencies has been activated and is investigating the cause of the explosions. At this point, it is uncertain if the explosions are connected.”
Preliminary reports also suggested that a third explosion occurred at the JFK Library that was related to the incident at the Marathon, this was later rebuked (however still being investigated) by Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis, saying in one of many press conferences, “It may have been an electrical explosion or fire.”
Later confirmed by a tweet from @Boston_Police
Commissioner Davis, “The preliminary investigation indicates JFK incident may not have been an explosion. It may have been a fire.”
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 15, 2013
Erie photos and videos also surfaced soon after the explosions, possibly most recognized at this point, the shocking and horrifying video from Boston.com – this video is graphic and may be disturbing.
The response to the explosions by emergency personell was swift and effective, also evident in many videos and reports. The good news from all of this so far was the unrelenting effort by Boston Police, Fire Departments, and EMS personell, paired with marathon volunteers, and even some runners, to help those injured and effected.
AT&T has also declared due to a high volume of traffic, many are experiencing difficulty contacting those in the area via cell phones, however you can use Google’s person finder to locate or provide information if need be.
As it stands, there is still mass confusion as the investigation starts promptly in Boston with people still lost, hurt, or displaced. According to Yahoo, here’s what you can do to help:
2) If you were in the area, register your current status on the Red Cross Safe and Well site. This way, concerned individuals around the world can see that you’re alive and well. (Also, if you’re in downtown Boston right now, text message loved ones instead of calling. In this critical moment, it’s important to keep open as much cell phone bandwidth as possible.)
4) The Boston Mayor’s 24-hour hotline is 617-635-4500. That’s the number to call for information about first responders. If you were in the area and saw anything, and feel like you might have information that’s helpful to investigators, call 1-800-494-TIPS.
I leave you with just a few gut-wrenching images from Boston today, followed by a statement from Patton Oswalt’s Facebook. If there is any information here incorrect, please let me know.
Patton Oswalt’s feelings.
Boston. Fucking horrible.
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”
But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”