[guest post by JD]
There was a bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at around the 4 hour 30 minute finish time. There is obviously much chaos, and much information flying about. What does seem to be consistent is 2 bombs at separate locations across the street from each other. Casualties are not determined yet, and prelim numbers should be taken with a huge grain of salt.
I knew 4 people running in this race, 3 had finished and were out of area, and 1 was still out on the course.
My heart goes out to people across the country.
Open thread ….
UPDATE BY PATTERICO 5:48 p.m.: WSJ:
Counterterrorism officials found what they believe to be five additional, undetonated explosive devices around the Boston area, according to two people briefed on the rapidly moving investigation.
[UPDATE: The article has been corrected to say these were not all explosive devices.]
UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: Video of the initial bomb here.
UPDATE x3 BY PATTERICO: I just heard Edward Davis, the Boston Police Commissioner, at a press conference say “at least three people have died” — that is more than the two that has been reported for most of the day.
UPDATE x4 BY PATTERICO: Here’s what else we seem to know: at least three dead; an ever-increasing tally of injured; folks at press conference will not confirm previous reports that a “person of interest” is being questioned; previously reported explosion at library now thought to be an unrelated fire. Feel free to supplement this in comments.
UPDATE x5 BY PATTERICO: More video of both explosions.
UPDATE x6 BY PATTERICO: Footage from close to the second explosion. You don’t see much in this one.
UPDATE x7 BY PATTERICO: Interesting:
— Steven Bognar (@BogsWBZ) April 16, 2013
UPDATE x8 BY PATTERICO: From earlier today:
Suspect on the common. White van had police dogs in it. twitter.com/Eric_Twardzik/…
— Eric Twardzik (@Eric_Twardzik) April 15, 2013
UPDATE x9 BY PATTERICO: More video, from a runner.
UPDATE x10 BY PATTERICO: More on the police presence at Revere:
A law enforcement source tells Fox 25 that a large police presence at a home in Revere is related to the Boston Marathon bombings.
The source said that a suspicious driver was pulled over by Revere police after driving past the State Police barracks a number of times.
The driver reportedly had a “nervous demeanor.”
The driver then led police, as well as the FBI, to a home in the area of Ocean Avenue and Beach Street.
Not sure what to make of this.