Two explosions at Boston Marathon leave 3 dead and 80+ wounded; 2 more explosive devices found

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  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 16, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    I'm looking out of my hotel window at the medical tent as I type this and despite all ideological devisivness here there was only concer n and cooperation on the ground in the moment. Even those not in the immediate area but stranded because of the chaos were helped with warm clothes and cell phone sharing. Americans can pull together the problem seems to be empathy. If it doesn't directly effect us we seem to see the situation through the lens of ideology not the lens of the other persons life.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 16, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Basically, "firecracker" type explosives only give off heat and damage accordingly. There are reports that these bombs were contained in metal casings and were packed with ball bearings. This is where the "scrapnel" came from and where individuals thought that there were "bullet objects" in their clothing. Thank God for the two unexploded bombs. Typically in this type of situation, there are secondary devices designed to get the "first responders". This could indicate that one of those in custody was unable to use his cell phone for this purpose due to being caught.

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    April 16, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    Watch and listen. President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice…We still don't know who did this or why…Make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of this." Why do all Presidents sound alike? President Bush, love him or hate him, did open the gates to violence and terror. People like his Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and VP Dick Cheney involved the US in an ever-growing web of hatred and violence against the US. Everyone knew it was a question of time until there would be successful acts of violence and terror perpetrated in the US. To block these terroristic acts, America would have to be successful or lucky every time, while violators would have to be lucky just once, and evidently this once just occurred, again, the original 9/11,the Benghazi 9/11, and now we must ask, "Who did this and why?" As they say, "If you have to ask, you were not paying attention.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 4:32 a.m.

    Before we start blaming foreign terrorists and contemplate preemptively attacking countries in the middle east lets consider if the date of the attack had any signifance.

    What we know is that April 15th is the date federal and state taxes need to be paid. It is also a State Holiday in Boston called "Patriots Day" which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutioin, at Concord and Lexington in 1775.

    There are groups in the Nation that have never accepted the fact that President Obama was elected President. They are constantly engage in criticism of the Federal Government both on AM talk radio and electronic message boards. Some legislatures seem obsessed with sending "message bills" to the federal government.

    My opinion is they feed on each others paranoia and hatred of the government and events like this are a natural outgrowth of this hatred.

    We do not need to look beyond our own borders for those who perpetrated this cowardly event.

  • nrajr SANDY, UT
    April 16, 2013 12:42 a.m.

    Something we can be sure about is that there have actually been many such plans and attempts at acts of terror in our country since 9/11. We can be grateful to the vigilance and sacrifices by the intelligence services and those in uniform that this sort of event has been, so far, relatively rare. We can also be grateful that of all the bombs that were planted, only two were successfully detonated. This could have been much, much worse.

    My heart goes out to those who were maimed and to the families and friends who lost loved ones and are left behind to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of such a cowardly, hateful and cruel act.

  • Andy Gundersen Sandy, UT
    April 15, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    It is really sad that the innocent ones are sometimes the victims. The people on that sidewalk, cheering for the final finishers of the race, had joy and happiness in their hearts. Most of the late finishers of the marathon were running for charities, hence all the good will and cheer. It is mind boggling to think that a person(s) could plot such an horrific exploit. No, now is not the time to use this as a political lectern. This is a time to reflect on the losses some of those incurred today, a time to send them our wishes of hope and recovery. There will be plenty of time for conspiracy theories (no shortage of them today) and pointing fingers. It saddens me to know that there are those out there that would use such a noble and historic venue to make a statement. I hope they find the ones responsible and unleash hell upon them, be them Americans or otherwise.

  • Hooky Riverton, UT
    April 15, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    This is one of those times when you just wonder why people would choose to do things like this. It is definitely very sad and disheartening.

  • George New York, NY
    April 15, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    @CA reader
    so then what is the answer throw our hands up i n the air and do away with all laws?

    it is important to remember there where far more people running to help and reaching out with their hearts then there are of the person or small group of people that did this.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    April 15, 2013 8:13 p.m.

    This proves a point any current or former law enforcement can tell you: if someone makes up their mind to harm someone else there is little that can be done to stop them. Building, planting and detonating an explosive device is clearly against the law but someone did it not once but twice and if the reports are correct planned to do it a few more times today in Boston.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    April 15, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    jim in slc: there will be no peace on earth until He comes, who's right it is to reign. and even that will be a time of great trials and tribulations, much carnage and death.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 15, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    My niece and her husband were headed to the finish line, but she got hungry so they stopped to get something to eat. They were just a couple of blocks from the finish line when the bombs went off.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    April 15, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    One of the dead and several of the injured were children.
    Another very sad day.

    I hope they find who did this--ASAP!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 15, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    Let's hope the media gives us an accurate account of what happened, and not spin it.

  • Rainman Syracuse, UT
    April 15, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    I hope my buddy that was in the race is okay. Thoughts and prayers go out to all involved. Pray for peace.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 15, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    fuuny that so many are going after airnaut but not CB they are both shameful

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    God bless the victims and their families. It's a sad reminder that even in America we are not immune to the dangers we see in so many other places in the world. Let the law enforcement agencies do their job. The scum will be caught.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 15, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    Funny how airmaut is being criticized by everyone, but CB gets a free pass.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 15, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    Airnaut - would you not agree that bombs are illegal already? Did the laws of bombs being illegal prevent this from happening? Of course not. That is the gun advocates whole point. You can make something illegal, but those who are criminals don't obey the laws. Therefore, a law won't matter, they will still do it. Injuring others and killing others is also illegal. Does that prevent violence? It is true, guns don't kill - people do.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    It is very sad to see this kind of senseless violence, killing and maiming innocent people. Until the perpetrators are found we cannot know those responsible or the motive, so best not to rush to blame.

    This is an example of the violence that other innocent people in far away lands experience as a result of US drone strikes. If there was one terrorist in this Boston blast that was killed, would that justify the bombing that hurt so many others? No, it would not.

    Whatever became of Peace on Earth, Good will to men?

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    April 15, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    To airnaut:

    How could someone be so callous and cold as to try to make such a terrible and horrific tragedy into some political statement? Unbelievable! Bombs have nothing to do with the 2nd amendment debate, and this event doesn't one thing to do with guns. None at all. Don't even try to go there at this somber and sad occasion. Some growing up appears to be in order.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    April 15, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    I continue to wonder when this will stop. People do kill people - it's not the guns, bombs(they are held by people. It is so frightening that people get away with maiming, killing the innocent. We certainly are in the Last Days and there will be more to come according to the Lord. Our hearts and prayers are offered for those who have been injured, lives taken and for those citizens that were there to witness this heinous event.

  • amazondoc USA, TN
    April 15, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    @CB --

    "So much for the more peaceful, get-along with those who already have killed

    Does the date April 15 ring any bells with you?

    This is much more likely to be some sort of home-grown tax-protesting crazies than anybody foreign.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 15, 2013 4:07 p.m.


    Thank you for the scripted "progressive" response to a tragedy: take shots at the 2A.


  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 15, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    @ airnuat. Sad that you would try to turn this tragedy into a weak attempt to mock gun control and the 2nd amendment. Please have some respect for these victims.

  • David Centerville, UT
    April 15, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    This is a terrible reminder that we are living during times of hatred, intolerance, violence, and war. It is foolish to politicize and further polarize this event and our nation. Rather, lets come together and work to protect America, its citizens, its constitution, our laws, our freedoms, and to defeat terrorism.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 15, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    @CB and airnaut
    no is not the time to play petty poltics.

  • Jefferson Kalispell, MT
    April 15, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    airnaut, I won't even pretend to understand your argument or why you even want to politicize this in that manner. One can interpret your comment to show that outlawing the tools used to attack and murder the unsuspecting can never eliminate those tools. Evil originates in the hearts and minds of men and is given life through their actions, not the inanimate tools they employ. In fact, every one of your comments can as easily be used to promote the philosophy of the "2nd ammendment types." Give the political drum a rest, show some decent respect for the killed and injured and allow the investigation to provide information before you hijack this for your own agenda.

    April 15, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    Now is not the time to use this horrific event to make political statements about guns.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    April 15, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    How horrific! The people who want to harm others have zero love in their lives to do such a horrible thing!
    I'm shocked, saddened, and disgusted that there would be such a "call to do malicious harm" to someone else who has not harmed them at all.
    My thoughts are with those in Boston at this time.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    So much for Home Security! Will this be called a 'workplace' happening, or even a 'terrorist
    attack"? So much for the more peaceful, get-along with those who already have killed
    thousands. Looks like we have a bigger problem with bombs than the 'guns" they have been
    spending so much time trying to take away from the peaceful who may well have to protect
    themselves when we are 'invaded".

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    April 15, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    They are going to blame the tea party for this. Just watch.

    April 15, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Things like this happen when America no longer leads in the world...