Written by Tom Knighton
Boston, Ma. - Boston has now joined an exclusive club that no community wishes to be part of, that club of communities that have been scarred by violent acts of terrorism after at least three people were killed and 144 injured after two explosions ripped through the crowds watching the finish of the prestigious Boston Marathon, including 8 year old Martin Richard.
“I was in the Lord & Taylor department store at Copley Plaza with my parents, about 45 minutes after my brother finished the race. Since the L&T is right near Boylston Street, I felt the first explosion, and the building shook a little. I didn’t pay it much attention because there was obvious construction nearby. Then the second one went off, and people were running to the doors to see what had happened,” said George Scoville who was there to watch his brother compete in the Marathon. “So I did too. And all I saw were people running away from Boylston Street, which is where the last leg of the marathon course and finish line are. I could smell smoke. I saw first responders hovering over the pavement in two places. I went back inside Copley Plaza, to a sky bridge where I could see better. The windows of the Starbucks facing me were blown out.”
Scoville said his first instincts was to make sure his family was fine, then to see if he could help. Then, he wanted to help but decided that was a bad idea. Instead, he pulled out his iPhone and began snapping photographs, providing some of the first still photos of the scene.
As yet, no one has claimed responsibility for the two blasts that rocked a Boston in the midst of a holiday.
Last night, law enforcement searched an apartment in nearby Revere, Mass., hauling out a number of bags, though police still say they have not any arrests.
President Obama, while addressing the public, referred to the blasts as a “tragedy”, but never uttered the word “terrorism”. However, others in the administration has been very open about what this was. “When multiple devices go off, that’s an act of terrorism,” said a senior White House official following the Presidents remarks.
The governor of Massachusetts and President Obama have pledged to devote all necessary resources to the investigation as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Thus far, police are looking for a dark skinned or black male with a foreign accent carrying a dark backpack who may have been trying to access a restricted area shortly before the blasts. There is also a 20 year old Saudi national who was injured in the blast that is reportedly under police guard at this time, though police have not identified him as a suspect. However, Fox News is reporting that it was his apartment that was searched in Revere.
While no one has claimed responsibility, the Pakistani Taliban – a group that has threatened attacks on American soil due to US support for the Pakistani government – has denied any involvement in the blasts.
Reports put the total number of bombs as five, with only two successfully detonating. “As bad as it was, it could have been a lot worse,” a federal law enforcement official told The Albany Journal, speaking on condition on anonymity due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. He speculated that the devices seem to indicate either a domestic group or a lone wolf type attack, but pointed out that federal law enforcement was ruling nothing out at this point.