3 killed, more than 140 hurt in Boston Marathon bombing
Emergency personnel respond to the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
April 15th, 2013
11:46 PM ET

3 killed, more than 140 hurt in Boston Marathon bombing

  • Three killed including 8-year-old boy in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, officials say. Area hospitals say at least 144 are injured, including eight children.
  • Two explosions happened at about 2:50 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line.
  • Boston.com journalist tells CNN "blood everywhere," people missing limbs.
  • Race called off; Red Cross and Google set up websites to help people find loved ones in the area
  • Full story here; also, see CNN affiliates WBZ; WCVB; WHDH

[Update, 11:05 a.m. ET Tuesday] This post is no longer being updated. For Tuesday's coverage, please read this story.

[Update, 11:41 p.m. ET] Stephen Segatore, a nurse who was at the medical tent near the finish line for the Boston Marathon, said emergency responders immediately went into mass-casualty mode.

"We had full trauma response at the scene," he told CNN. "We had physicians, nurses who are experienced in trauma care. We had EMTs and it was a full Level 1 trauma experience."

Segatore said he treated at least 25 people as those experienced in trauma care stepped forward while others treated people with minor injuries.

[Update, 11:35 p.m. ET] Saudi ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir  condemned the bombings in Boston and offered his condolences to victims' families.

“What occurred today in Boston is a heinous crime which contradicts the values of humanity.”  he said.

[Update, 10:52 p.m. ET] The total of injured has risen to 144 people, officials at Boston area hospitals said. That includes three additional patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

[Update, 10:41 p.m. ET] A law enforcement source in Boston tells CNN that investigators have a "number of active leads, and some good early progress in the forensics analysis."

[Update, 10:07 p.m. ET] Dr. Peter Fagenholz told reporters that there were 29 wounded people at Massachusetts General Hospital, eight of whom were in critical condition. Many of the people had shrapnel injuries to their lower extremites, he said.

"We have performed several amputations," he said.

There were no pediatric patients among the wounded, he said.

[Update, 9:38 p.m. ET] Dr. Allan Panter, who was near the finish line waiting for his wife who was running the race, told CNN he was standing about 20 to 25 feet from the first blast. He said he treated victims on the street after the explosion.

"I saw at least six to seven people down next to me," he said. "They protected me from the blast. One lady expired. One gentleman lost both his (lower) limbs. Most of the injuries were lower extremities. I could not figure out why the young lady had expired. I could not find any injury on her thorax."

[Update, 9:28 p.m. ET] Bill Iffrig, seen in video wearing an orange tank top and being blown over as he approached the finish line, told CNN's Piers Morgan that he was feeling OK after the blast.

"I got down to within about 15 feet of the finishing apron and heard just tremendous explosion, sounded like a bomb went off right next to me, and the shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around," he said. "I knew i was going down and so i ended up down on the blacktop."

Iffrig, 78, said he was assisted by one of the event volunteers, who helped him up so he could finish the race. After that, the worker looked for aid for Iffrig, who had just a scratch from his fall.

"He insisted on getting a wheelchair over there so we started to do that, but then before that was rounded up, i said my hotel's about six blocks away so I think I can make it okay. So they let me get out of there and I went on home to my wife."

[Update, 8:55 p.m. ET] A Saudi national with a leg wound was under guard at a Boston hospital in connection with the bombings at the Boston Marathon, but investigators cannot say he is involved at this time and he is not in custody, a law enforcement official said Monday evening.

[Update, 8:54 p.m. ET] Three people were killed in the bombings, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters Monday night, raising the toll by one.

[Update, 8:52 p.m. ET] The FBI is taking the lead in the investigation, Rick DesLauriers, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office, told reporters.

[Update, 8:44 p.m.ET ] The Boston Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled, the NBA announced. With the regular season almost at its end, the contest will not be made up.

[Update, 8:36 p.m. ET] Investigators have warned law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for a "darker-skinned or black male" with a possible foreign accent in connection with Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, according to a law enforcement advisory obtained by CNN.

The man was seen with a black backpack and sweatshirt and was trying to get into a restricted area about five minutes before the first explosion, the lookout notice states.

[Update, 8:35 p.m.] Hospital workers have treated 141 people after the Boston Marathon bombings, officials at those facilities said Monday night. Two people died in the terror attack, including an 8-year-old boy, a state law enforcement source said.

[Update, 8:32 p.m.]  A statement has been issued by the race organizers: "The Boston Athletic Association extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected in any way by todays events.

"Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy ...and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.

"We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area.

"At this time, runners bags in Boston which remain unclaimed may be picked up by runners presenting their bib number or proof of race participation at the Castle, at 101 Arlington Street, in Boston.

"At this time, we are cooperating with the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all federal law enforcement officials.

"We would like to thank the countless people from around the world who have reached out to support us today."

[Update, 7:57 p.m. ET] Doctors are "pulling ball bearings out of people in the emergency room," a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick.

The same source said the blasts resulted in at least 10 lost limbs.

[Update, 7:43 p.m. ET] An 8-year-old boy was among those killed, a state law enforcement source said, according to CNN's John King.

[Update, 7:38 p.m. ET] At least 132 people including eight children have been injured in the bombings, according to Boston-area hospitals. Boston police earlier said that two people were killed.

At least 17 of the injured are in critical condition, and at least 25 are in serious condition, area hospitals said.

[Update, 7:08 p.m. ET] A witness, Marilyn Miller, told CNN that she was about 30 feet away from the first bomb when it went off. The second bomb came about 12 seconds after and about 50 to 100 yards away from the first, according to authorities and an analysis of video from the site.

Miller was waiting for a runner who, it turns out, was probably about 10 minutes away from the finish line.

"We saw injuries all around us," Miller said. Someone was putting pressure on a woman's neck. "A little boy, his leg was torn up. A woman, (people) were (shouting), 'Critical, critical, get out of out way!'"

[Update, 6:51 p.m. ET] At least 110 people have been injured in the bombings, according to Boston-area hospitals.

[Update, 6:49 p.m. ET] Boston cell phone services were overloaded in the wake of the blast, slowing the city's network dramatically and hampering the investigation in the early going, federal law enforcement officials told CNN.

Unconfirmed rumors began circulating on social media and elsewhere that law enforcement had shut down cell service to prevent more explosives from being detonated remotely. But mobile companies were saying that was never the case, CNN's Doug Gross reports.

"Verizon Wireless has not been asked by any government agency to turn down its wireless service," a spokesman for that company told CNN. "Any reports to that effect are inaccurate."

In other media reports, Sprint similarly denied being asked to shut down service.

Online, Bostonians were being encouraged to stay off of their mobile phones except for emergencies and even open up their wireless connections to help take the load off of the cellular data network.

"If you live or run a business in #Boston near bombsite (please) open your wifi for people to use," tweeted Disaster Tech Lab, an Irish nonprofit dedicated to providing technology to assist in emergency situations.

[Update, 6:47 p.m. ET] Initial tests indicate that the two bombs were small and possibly crude, with the tests not indicating any high-grade explosive material was used, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN national security contributor and former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend.

The source said the FBI considers the incident a terrorist attack, "but they've made clear to me they do not know at this time whether those responsible for the attack were a foreign or domestic group," Townsend said.

A woman comforts another, who appears to have suffered an injury to her hand.

[Update, 6:35 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Massachusetts, said an unexploded device was found at a hotel on Boylston Street, and another unexploded device was found at an undisclosed location.

Keating, who is a member of the House Homeland Security committee and has spoken to law enforcement sources, tells CNN's Dierdre Walsh that the incidents were a "sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."

Runners who had not finished the race were stopped before the Massachusetts Avenue overpass on Commonwealth Avenue.

[Update, 6:14 p.m. ET] More from President Obama, who just wrapped up his brief statement at the White House: "We still do not know who did this or why ... but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of (this). We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this. ... Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

[Update, 6:11 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is speaking about the bombings now: “The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight, and Michelle and I send out deepest thoughts and prayers to the victims," Obama said at the White House.

A man embraces a young girl after the attacks.

[Update, 5:59 p.m. ET] John Manis, an eyewitness in his 50s, was about 200 feet away from the finish line near the Prudential building when the bombings occurred. He felt the blast to the point that it made him and others around him jump in the air, and some others around him fell down on the ground, he said, according to CNN's Eden Pontz.

Manis said he heard two blasts about five seconds apart. He said there was confusion all around him, and he was hustled into the nearby Mandarin Hotel. Officials wouldn’t let them leave the hotel for a bit, and he says all who were there were all frisked by police. He said that when he left, he saw broken storefronts and lots of blood.

A man comforts a victim on the sidewalk at the scene of the first explosion.

[Update, 5:51 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement at about 6:10 p.m. ET from the White House.

A runner reacts near Kenmore Square after the two terrorist bombings near the Boston Marathon’s finish line.

[Update, 5:35 p.m. ET] Google has established a person-finder related to the Boston bombings. People who are looking for someone or have information about someone can make reports there.

[Update, 5:31 p.m. ET] Boston police now appear to be backing away from their commissioner's earlier statement that a third incident at the JFK Library 5 miles from the finish line - might have been related to the Boston Marathon blasts.

On Twitter, Boston police say: "Update JFK incident appears to be fire related."

An injured person is taken away from the scene.

[Update, 5:21 p.m. ET] Precautions are being taken at the White House because of the Boston explosions, CNN’s Jessica Yellin reports. See that in the video below, as well as Vice President Joe Biden's reaction to the incident:

[Update, 5:17 p.m. ET] In the video below, a man describes the initial blast, saying the impact was so strong it “almost blew my head off.” He was not injured, but saw many people sustain horrific injuries.

[Update, 5:15 p.m. ET] The Boston Globe is reporting a much higher injury count. They report that more than 100 people are being treated for injuries, citing local hospitals.

https://twitter.com/BostonGlobe

[Update, 5:10 p.m. ET] Hospitals now say they are treating as many as 51 wounded after the bombings. Two people have been killed, according to Boston police.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

[Update, 5:09 p.m. ET] It will take a long time to clear the area, because lots of people dropped bags and whatever else they had when the finish-line blasts happened. Authorities have to check all of those bags, and bomb squads "may be blowing things up over the next few hours" out of precaution, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

In the words of Boston Globe political reporter Cynthia Needham, on Twitter:

Thousands of runners still had yet to finish the race when the bombs exploded in a spectator area along Boylston Street near the finish line, CNN executive producer Matt Frucci at the scene.

[Update, 4:58 p.m. ET] New details from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis:

A third explosion happened at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library "about a half-hour ago." The library is about 5 miles southeast of the Boston Marathon finish line.
Police don't immediately know whether that explosion is related to the two near the Boston Marathon finish line.
The two blasts near the finish line along Boylston Street near Copley Square - "happened 50 to 100 yards apart."
"We're recommending to people that they stay home ... and that they don't go anyplace and congregate in large crowds."
Relatives of people who may be missing in the area can call the mayor's hotline at 617-635-4500.
Anyone who has information about the bombings or saw anything suspicious can call 1-800-494-TIPS.

[Update, 4:46 p.m. ET] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says “this is a horrific day in Boston."

"My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured," Patrick said in a statement released this afternoon. "I have been in touch with the president, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.”

A man lays on the ground after the explosions in Boston.

[Update, 4:45 p.m. ET] It appears that so many people are using cell phones in the center of Boston, consistent service is hard to get and the overload is hampering the investigation, two federal law enforcement sources tell CNN.

A person who was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is taken away from the scene.

[Update, 4:40 p.m. ET] Another journalist says she saw victims who lost limbs. This account is from Boston Globe political reporter Cynthia Needham:

"Outside MGH: Head of emergency medicine says 19 have been brought to MGH, six critically injured, some with amputations," she posted to Twitter.

Earlier, we noted that Boston.com sports producer Steve Silva reported that he "saw dismemberment" and "blood everywhere."

[Update, 4:37 p.m. ET] Organizers with the London Marathon, scheduled for this coming Sunday, have taken notice.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston," London Marathon officials said Monday. "Our immediate thoughts are with the people there and their families. It is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends and colleagues in marathon running. Our security plan is developed jointly with the Metropolitan Police and we were in contact with them as soon as we heard the news."

[Update, 4:30 p.m. ET] Boston firefighters have found what they believe is an unexploded device after the blasts, a government official said, according to CNN's Joe Johns.

Police officers with their guns drawn hear the second explosion down the street. The first explosion knocked down a runner at the finish line.

[Update, 4:27 p.m. ET] "I saw blood everywhere," Boston.com sports producer Steve Silva told Boston.com.

Silva told the news outlet that he was near the finish line when the explosions happened. He said he saw a number of injuries in the area where spectators were. He saw "someone lost their leg," and he said "people are crying, people are confused."

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

[Update, 4:19 p.m. ET] We have a new injury count: According to hospital officials, at least 28 people are being treated for injuries connected to this afternoon's blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line.

Nineteen were being treated at Massachusetts General and nine at Tufts Medical Center, officials at those facilities said. Boston police earlier put the number of victims at two dead and 22 hurt.

A person who was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon is taken away from the scene in a wheelchair.

[Update, 4:16 p.m. ET] "People started scrambling, pushing, shoving" when the explosions happened in a sidewalk area along Boylston Street, near the finish line in the Copley Square area, says CNN executive producer Matt Frucci at the scene.

Frucci said he heard the blasts.

"After the dust settled, (I saw) six or seven people strewn about the area where the second (explosion) was.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

[Update, 4:11 p.m. ET] A Red Cross website has been established to help people find loved ones in the area.

"Individuals can register themselves as safe or search for loved ones," Massachusetts' emergency management agency says.

[Update, 4:08 p.m. ET] At least two people have been killed and 22 are injured in the apparent bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Boston police say.

An explosion rips through a location near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

[Update, 4:02 p.m. ET]  A Massachusetts General Hospital spokeswoman tells CNN 19 victims  have been brought in.

[Update,3:57 p.m. ET] On their Twitter page, Boston marathon officials made this announcement: "There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened."

[Update, 3:53 p.m. ET] New York is taking precautions as a result of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

In a written statement, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said: "We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned.

[Update, 3:45 p.m. ET] Paramedics were treating several victims at the scene, and police ordered onlookers to back away from the area. Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.

Onlooker Josh Matthews said he heard the blast, then saw police running toward the scene.

"We just heard a lot of sirens, and people were kind of frantic, and it was a bad situation, so we got out of there," he said.

[Update, 3:37 p.m.] Four victims of explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line are at the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN. She had no information about the victims' conditions.

[Posted at 3:25 p.m. ET] A pair of explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, injuring at least a half-dozen people, a CNN producer at the scene said.

The blasts occurred a few seconds apart, shrouding downtown Boston's Copley Square in smoke. Paramedics were treating several victims at the scene, and police ordered onlookers to back away from the area, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.

The explosions occurred about 2:45 p.m., about an hour after the first runners had crossed the finish line, Frucci said.

soundoff (2,721 Responses)
  1. timothy norswothy

    this is way all americans sound own guns

    April 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hagbard

      What would you do? Shoot the explosion back in the bomb?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Well said.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      a national registry or laws to make bombs illegal would keep these things from happening.

      or are explosives and bombs illegal. and criminals still use them?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TP

      In cases of people like you, they should ban keyboards.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Mike, the only reason bombs aren't banned is because they are very, very easy to make.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • pjones006

      @MIke, you don't buy bombs, you make them.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom lo

      No way, no guns, lets ban backpacks and cells bcs terrorist used them. we got a make things right for the families I propose a background check on cell users

      April 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. barry

    maybe the democrats should introduce a bill to outlaw bombs

    April 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      At least insensitive fools are protected by the 1st amendment.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • kurt

      People, whatever you think about politics of the moment, stop making stupid responses. how would you feel if it had been you or your family?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      EXACTLY!!! Getting totally fed up with comments that show a person (s) stupidy.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shank

      People are thinking about politics because the current state of office wants to be friends with even the enemy.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ptran

      Right on!!!

      April 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maureen

      Is there something wrong with you?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      Why? Because someone is calling on the carpet all the fools who are making inane, insensitive comments?? He's right, we do have too many who can only be happy or feel power by making others unhappy or by causing pain. The First Amendment must be protected, that means we'll have fools making gross, stupid comments. What we can do is call them out and then ignore them, but we should never excuse or condone.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maks Frazca

      this is some serious no boi business

      April 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Black

      @Kurt – I would wonder when I get to be on tv with the president talking about how he is going to do whatever he can to stop bombings from happening and he is going to introduce legislation right away and urge people to pass it to ban these weapons even if it can only save ONE life. Because that's what he does. He uses people in horrible situations.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith thurnell

      How long before BO blames Bush on this one!

      April 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rhope

    This is so terrible. Marathons are meant to be fun and joyous. And a day when you clap and smile and cheer total strangers; a sense of togetherness. For someone to choose to explode bombs in such a setting on such a day it is almost Sacrilegious

    April 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hester

      Yeah. Who in the world would want to kill runners? What harm do they cause? Next someone will start attacking old ladies at church bingo games...

      April 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • o_O

      guess bombs should't be exploded in any setting.wether there is a marathon or not...i fell sorry for every victim of bomb attacks.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissy

      Wow. What a horrific event =( I just want to say I pray for everyone affected by this and hope for fast healing.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Children's Hope and Voice

      ITA.

      April 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yep. It's almost terror instilling. They're really should be a word for it or something.

      April 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Or "there" if you like.

      April 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. commoncents

    See...this is why we need to ban bombs. They should be illegal....

    April 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris M

    I'm not there at the race, but am watching CNN and slowed down the video in which they keep showing from the vantage point of the Finish Line, looking back. If you pay particular attention to a spot many blocks back, you'll see a second explosion with white smoke occur within seconds of the first explosion.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naomi

      Oh my gosh, you're right... just at 14seconds in!

      April 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dutch-windmill

    please, before judging anyone or anything, first thing is to find out what really happened.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brody

      Hotheads love this kind of story so they can do their thing.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • big tex

      you mean find a way to blame the TEA PARTY!!

      April 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • kim

      Excellent advice dutch-windmill. Thank you for those wise words.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey

      What does determining who is behind this accomplish? People have been blowing people up for years. It's the way people are. Determining the culprits and hoping that someday this will stop happening is insane. This will always happen and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      exactly.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Niyaz Razzak

    Oh god, please please let it be muslims behind this.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      @ Niyaz, my husband is a muslim, hes a hard working educated Doctor, and saves lives for a living, so what do you have against Muslims? I am so sick of everyone playing the religion and race games. and blaming everything wrong in America on muslims, as far as I am concerned and there is mounting evidence that 911 was an inside job.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Ignorant. What does the maniacs race or religion have to do with anything? Hate = ignorance, in any color.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzie

      There is no "mounting evidence" that 911 was an inside job. The proof is on camera and overwhelming. Please face your delusion, it does not mean your husband is bad, just that there were some bad Muslims.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • touche

      @Erin: Please provide your source(s) for the 'mounting evidence' that 9/11 was an inside job.

      And please do so with utmost speed. I really need to know who to blame. The American people need to know who to blame. Just post the links, publications, vetted sources, whatever information you have, in a reply to this post.

      I am sure since you made the allegation publiclly on this forum, you won't mind going public with the source material.

      I await your response...

      April 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmybob

      @Suzie For one, the group "Al qaeda" and those terrorist groups were funded by who? The U.S administration. And there are plenty of claims why it was an inside job.

      April 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • itahmed

      What is that supposed to mean!!!

      April 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Hey prejudice , dont forget who performed the bombing in Oklahoma 1996 was white american marines,you have to understand that not all muslims are bad and not all christians and americans are good, there is many muslims in the US army fighting next to the other soldiers in our great american army and sacrificing their lives for the whole nation.
      ( I'm a retired muslim from the US National Guard served the country with proudness and honor)

      April 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    I know, now we can register all bomb makers!!!!!!

    April 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • e graven

      2 dead and 22 injured and You decide this is the time to trot out a lame joke??? What a sad small person you are!

      April 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      That is a dumb comment

      April 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Black

      I think it makes just as much sense as marching the victims parents up in Newtown and asking to ban guns. It's the same scenario. An 8 year old child and over 100 people were injured by some nutjob whatcko who wanted to hurt people. I'm just glad he didn't use a gun.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    I hope North Korea did not have something to do with this?

    April 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • gblanglois

      I would suspect more a RWNJ than North Korea...

      April 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joooberdoober

      Mossad.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MelM

      There is a Saudi being held for questioning.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. throckie

    So much for the value of gun legislation to prevent random mass attacks of this type.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      So much for believing that solutions for one problem should have a bearing on another problem. Did you remember to arm your home alarm to prevent getting into an auto accident?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • nopretensehere

      You are an idiot.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BKERR

      So much for explosive regulation working too eh. Seems only the criminals benefit from any of this. Find the root of the problem and not the tool.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1CentFree

      Yeah, right. This is absolute proof that they should let EVERYONE posses explosives. Following NRA logic, if everyone in the world has explosives than the world is a safer place.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      if bombs were illegal this would not happen.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Are you kidding me?! You realize you can make a bomb out of fertilizer and a few basic chemicals from the grocery store, right? Evil cannot be stopped. You're as deranged as Obama and the idiots in the Senate who think banning guns will magically stop evil in our society!

      April 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • guestatl

      Oh you're REAL FUNNY "mike". this is totally the time to bust out gun control jokes, isnt it? omg SO hilarious.... go somewhere else.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • gblanglois

      This is one of the stupidest thing I've heard in a long time.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Are you stupid??? Bombs are illegal especially ones of this size

      April 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Timmons

      In reguards to the female reporter on CNN being worried about the enconmy at this moment is not our concern. Our concern is for the people and the families who lost their lives or were injured today. Stop speculating that is the medias biggest fault!.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      No, mike, even if bombs were illegal, things like this could still happen. Blasting bombs in a public place is illegal. But it happened anyway, because newsflash: criminals break laws. If bombs were illegal, what's to stop criminals from breaking just one more law? This isn't and shouldn't be a political issue.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      If only we had armed guards at events like this to deter people................ so much for that too. Brilliant

      April 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You mean the police?

      April 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      There were armed police officers on the scene. Try again.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bburney06

      We do have armed guards. Did you not see the immediate police presence? They had guns drawn, so were obviously armed, and were obviously there for the event because they reacted before the 2nd bomb went off.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • rlr1

      Guards with bombs?

      April 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wahoo1969

      Like fences and security systems ever halted thieves and robberies... Whateva and shedup, lunk!

      April 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MillenTrot

      Not a chance, sir or ma'am; guns are bad and kill people.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vijay

      If only bombs were not regulated .. if only some law abiding citizen had bombs to fight the terrorists who had bombs ... oh wait, what? if that sounds crazy, because it IS. Luckily we dont have have a National Bomb Association like the NRA which has the money and political clout to make these kinds of arguments and get away with it.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rene

    looking at google maps, it looks like there was a mail box there where the bomb exploded.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • nopretensehere

      If the security organizers didn't check/lock mailboxes and garbage cans before the event its negligence EVEN IF the bomb was not in the mailbox.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. get real

    There isn't one political figure that has a clue Obama included. You can't stop tragedy no matter what laws are passed or who is in charge. Our government has proven they can't control our social security, welfare, and numerous other programs yet the programs for them are doing very well. If you think this is a party issue you are an idiot.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pricilla

      You are wrong, there is a solution! Bore up the boarders, kick out ALL illegals (including Barry's relatives) and broaden the requirements to enter/live in OUR COUNTRY! The problem is all of you nansy pansy "it's OK honey" people that think morals don't exist anymore and pamper all CRIMINALS. Broaden the PUNISHMENTS to deter persons from doing these types of things.

      Every American should be OUTRAGED and want JUSTICE!

      April 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoxHere

      yeah, but sometimes people rebel against a certain leader because he is a bad leader, and they wish for a new one... Trust me, from whats going on, i think its a conspiracy to get BO included in almost every Tragedy in hope to get im Impeached

      April 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      FoxHere,

      But Obama is a great President. So what you are saying is completely invalid. I mean, come on now, if that was to happen, wouldn't it happen to a bad president? Obama is an awesome president. Your theory does not work.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • brandon

      Frank you are blind if you think Obama is awesome he is not awesome he has.ruined this country worse than any other president he BOWS to foreign nationals primarily Islamic nationals NO SELF RESPECTING president has ever shown WEAKNESS like that in our history

      April 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shirl

      This will have no adverse political effect on Obama. His followers will still love him. We support him because he cares for us, and things like the Global Entry trusted traveler program for Saudis getting expedited visas that he reinstated last month are not a consideration in the support we give him.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahmed

      Ignorant. Saudis are not allowed to enter on the global entry system. I wonder what your claims are based on.

      April 16, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S.

      Well said!!

      April 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry G.

      You're right, our government never knew about terrorist attacks before they happened.... Oh wait....

      April 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeayay

      once you start to hear about the reports that the FBI were holding a Bombing Drill there you will start to change your mind about what you are thinking about. They knew this was going to happen and ended up killing people and seriously hurting people.

      April 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darnell

      If he put his effort towards the real threat AND NOT LEGAL GUN OWNERS.... he'd be more likely to stop tragedy.

      April 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom lo

      unless we propose background checks on cellphone (detonator) and backpack users, then we could absolutely stop this from happening

      April 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      agreed

      April 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. maurice

    first of all i have to offer my hopes for the victums of this event .
    i have no doubt that every loon club wil claim that there responsible

    April 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dee Dee

    No matter what happens some imbecile will always find a way to blame it on the President, get over it already! Everything is not President Obama's fault. Besides, blaming him is not going to change the fact that he's still your President for the next 3 years. If you can't say anything of substance, don't say anything at all.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUSAYIN

      GOT IT.
      Now we understand, this is *YOUR* CNN posting board. The rest of us will sit tight for your next observation.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      LOL, do you think Obama will "cry" at another one of his fake press conferences like the one for Sandy Hook?

      April 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • right wing christian white extremists are responsible.

      Just like good old Bushie cried on 9/11.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • IAB

      THANK YOU DEE DEE. I feel the same way. I often wonder about the educational level of some of the ppl who comment on these sites. Many have no CLUE as to how our government works, who has the vision, fore site, the will to make our country a better place for all American. The branch that writes the laws, branch that interprets the laws. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THE POTUS DOES NOT WRITE LAWS THE HOUSE DOES. He can VETO a law but votes can override his veto. Sometimes I wonder if the negative statements made by M. Mcconnell, McCain, Boehner,, so many of our leaders in DC who are supposed to set an example have an impact on the less informed, less educated citizens.

      Dear Heavenly Father we sure need to educate our people, and in the process please teach them to love rather than hate, provide them wisdom, faith , knowledge, and greater self esteem.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Black

      I hope not Dee Dee........ Maybe he'll be in the stands the next time. Him and Biden both. Hell, their whole group that sits up there and plays charades like they know what they're doing should have been there. Let the Army General take charge and give the VP job to somebody who knows what a Trillion dollars actually is. As a matter of fact, I've got a 7 year old that can probably do as good or better job than the current guy is now.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Thank you for what you said Dee Dee. I'm disgusted at the number of people who are making this political. GEt over it. He's our president, and there were plenty of acts of terror before him, as there will be after him. This is about humanity, not politics.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • touche

      @JUSAYIN:

      Really – touche! well played:)

      April 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cindy

    What is the matter with you people? Have you completely lost your humanity? Not even for the ten seconds it takes to post a comment? Not even for one second it takes to say a prayer for someone other than yourself? May God have more mercy on your soul than you have had for others.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bkerr

      Why do people always have to bring god into this, he didn't have mercy on anyone, lest it wouldn't have even happened. He doesn't bring mercy to anyone, or haven't you figured that out yet. Even if I was a religious person, it would be Satan's fault, isn't he the one that is doing this, all the while god is letting him do this?

      April 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      Thank you for proving me right. Everything you do and say is recorded for all time. You're the one who records it and you are the one who will review it and determine if you were fit to be a human being. Good luck.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fearful N the USA

      Yes because discussing God is so much worse than mentioning gun control and President Obama every other post. Get a clue people. These are gutless people performing cowardly acts. It doesn't matter how many guns you have or if you believe in God or not; some dumb jack cowardly injured or killed almost 30 people. Chances are they are Americans...probably extreamists making a point about gun control, President Obama or God.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • WC

      why do people feel the need to announce their prayers on a public comment board to anonymous people?

      April 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
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