Large Explosions Reported At Boston Marathon; Numerous Injuries And Casualties

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North Korea's daily war bluffs may be (rightfully) ignored by the market, but an unexpected and tragic development comes out of Boston, where local media reports of two explosions and numerous injuries:


Where the blasts occurred, via the WSJ:

What happened:

According to the NY Post there are at 12 casualties so far, although according to the Boston PD 2 are dead and 22 are hurt.

Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers in the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.


A federal law-enforcement source told The Post there are at least 12 dead and twice as many injured.

Law-enforcement sources said at least the first explosion occurred in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel.

A more credible report comes from Reuters:

Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons.


Boston police also reported another explosion at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, which is three miles from the marathon's finishing line.


"We are not certain that these incidents are related, but we are treating them as if they are," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told a news conference.


Boston police said two people were killed and 23 injured in the explosions on the marathon scene.


Two high-level U.S. law enforcement officials said one or more bombs were responsible for the explosions.


"It sounded like a sonic boom. I haven't stopped shaking yet," said Melissa Stanley, who watched her daughter cross the finish line four minutes before the explosions.


A fireball rose from behind spectators and a row of flags, video posted on the New York Post website showed. Other pictures showed blood stains on the ground and several people knocked down.


Massachusetts General Hospital was treating 19 victims of the explosion in its emergency room, six of them in critical condition, a spokeswoman said.


Witnesses said two explosions hit as spectators were cheering on people finishing the Boston Marathon, which was first run in 1897.


Reporters in the media center heard two blasts.


Mike Mitchell of Vancouver, Canada, a runner who had finished the race, said he was looking back at the finish line and saw a "massive explosion."


Smoke rose 50 feet in the air, Mitchell said. People began running and screaming after hearing the noise, Mitchell said.


"Everybody freaked out," Mitchell said.


Ambulances, fire trucks and dozens of police vehicles converged at the finish line.


U.S. President Barack Obama was notified and directed his administration to provide whatever assistance was necessary, the White House said. Obama was being briefed by Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and other staff, the White House said.


Authorities tightened security in Washington and New York.


"Blood everywhere, victims carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg, people are crying," the Boston Globe's Steve Silva reported from the scene, the Globe said on Twitter.


Hundreds of thousands of spectators typically line the 26.2 mile race course, with the heaviest crowds near the finish line. The blasts occurred more than five hours after the start of the race, at a time when most top athletes were off the course but slower amateur marathoners were still running.


The transit agency shut down all service to the area, citing police activity.


Ambulances arrived on the scene within minutes and runners and spectators could be seen crying and consoling each other.


The Boston Marathon has been held on Patriots Day, the third Monday of April, since 1897. The event, which starts in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and ends Boston's Copley Square, attracts an estimated half-million spectators and some 20,000 participants every year.


Earlier on Monday, Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa and Kenya's Rita Jeptoo won the men's and women's events, continuing African runners' dominance in the sport.

Clip from right after explosion...fwd to 0:33...


First picture of the explosion:



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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 14:59 | 3451697 PaperBear
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False flag ?

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:03 | 3451718 augie
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when is it not a false flag. 

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:04 | 3451736 Manthong
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probably some angry white men..

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:07 | 3451767 JohnnyBriefcase
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Christian extremists.


Or an AR 15.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:11 | 3451777 hedgeless_horseman
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The fatties did it.  They hate us for our fitness.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:12 | 3451801 MayIMommaDogFac...
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The fatties did it.  They hate us for our low BMI.

Now, that is some funny shit right there.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3451810 Manthong
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I hope that the liberal press and politicians treat the bombs with the same consideration and deference that they treat the teen wilding mobs and the knife slashings.

The important thing is that they get those dangerous guns away from law abiding citizens.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3451819 erikig
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Olympus has fallen? 

Is that you Kim Jong Un?

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:17 | 3451842 toys for tits
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Mitt Romney's official election response.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:17 | 3451852 francis_sawyer
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All is well!


~Kevin Bacon

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:19 | 3451858 HulkHogan
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...and the price of gold continues to drop.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3451958 Divided States ...
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Guess Benji's constant annoying nagging finally came to fruition.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:33 | 3451983 The Juggernaut
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Where's that article that asks "Gold is selling off!  What is going to happen?"

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:39 | 3452037 Precious
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In Boston, the schools apparently teach you to run towards the explosion.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:40 | 3452042 Pladizow
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An incentive to run faster?

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3452063 ACP
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Either the bomber had impeccable timing, or was watching it, or actually there.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:46 | 3452083 phyuckyiu
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And here we wondered what the 4 years supply of gold being sold in the last two days was all about. It is because threats of martial law = gold going up. Elementary dear watson. DHS will save us!!! Save us from the Evil Iran in the trashcan!!

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:48 | 3452094 ACP
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Closing up Boston airspace too.

Scratch my above guess, it was long after the first finishers, but still possible.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:01 | 3452154 Pinto Currency
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Important to move forward and ignore those who create climate of fear.


CNBC just said Boston JFK library also on fire.  Unconfirmed.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:15 | 3452294 prains
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it's going to be difficult to find the perpetator of this crime as I'm sure the vast majority of resources are still being employed by the gov't to figure out what the hell blew up the pentagon back on 9/11 because to a 9 year old it sure as hell wasn't a plane.......err

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:20 | 3452337 Citxmech
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The fact that potential perpetrators haven't been identified yet weighs against false flag IMHO - eg It didn't take very long before Bin Laden's name started getting thrown around after 9/11.

We'll see I guess.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:33 | 3452457 FEDbuster
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Closing the air space in case it was a drone gone wild?  Hellfire missiles raining down on Beantown? 

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:42 | 3452521 TuesdayBen
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This is why I hate those SOBs at the NBA, the National Bomb Assn. The lunacy must stop, and the time has come for a ban on all bombs.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:56 | 3452648 FEDbuster
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At least those black, scary looking military type bombs.  After all who needs bombs to kill a duck?

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 18:16 | 3453286 AssFire
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Baron Rothschild did say this was the time to buy didn't he??

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 19:06 | 3453598 chumbawamba
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The comments done gone full inverted up in heah!


Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:45 | 3452536 SMG
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Look at how gold and silver have sold off.  Somebody KNEW this was coming.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:38 | 3452484 prains
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only two things for sure at this point;

1. it was supposed to kill just a few was supposed to get lots of media attention around the world

Who this gets hung on will tell more of the story;

A. a small time operator trying to make a big statement

B. a big time operator sending a small message


we shall see

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:23 | 3452367 Anusocracy
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Imagine that this was a common occurrence throughout the land.

That's what the US is doing in a dozen or so countries.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 17:08 | 3452773 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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we use drones... this is more a middle east or irish kinda feel here....  and the us is not doing this in other countries... but we are helping facilitate it... big difference

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 17:52 | 3453105 bonin006
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more like distinction without a difference

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 18:26 | 3453363 tarsubil
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We are much kinder when we blow up children.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 19:21 | 3453673 Golden_Rule
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it's going to be difficult to find the perpetator of this crime


It can't be that difficult to review drone footage.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:20 | 3452335 CClarity
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International terror event.  29K runners, 500K visitor guests, 90 countries represented in Boston Marathon.  Who will claim?

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 18:01 | 3453152 Flagit
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wow, just like building # 7.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 17:58 | 3453143 Flagit
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i thought they said Reichstag.


Mon, 04/15/2013 - 20:36 | 3454003 natty light
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JFK book depository

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:45 | 3452075 YBNguy
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It's "Patriots Day" today...

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:27 | 3452404 Old_Dog
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April 19th is Patriot's Day.


Today is bullshit 3 day weekend day

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 19:31 | 3453706 Bring the Gold
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They were running a B-squad drill today at same time an actual event of the same kind occurred. That sounds familliar. 

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 19:51 | 3453796 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"April 19th is Patriot's Day."


What else of note has happened on Patriots Day?

The Waco Massacre,

the Murrah Building explosion.

Just sayin'...

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:42 | 3452421 EscapingProgress
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Ban these god damned assault weapons!!! How many more marathon runners need to die?!?!?

I call for an expansion of the TSA. We need our trash checked for our SAFETY! This expansion could easily be funded by a special trash can tax. Think of all of the new jobs that would be created! Jobs that pay a living wage!

We cannot allow this terrorist attack to go unanswered! We must invade North Korea within 24 hours!

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 16:47 | 3452559 akak
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So you are a regular FOX viewer too?

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 18:32 | 3453387 Raymond K Hessel
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HAHA HA... TSA becomes the Trash Safety Administration.  I'd fucking love to see the TSA fondle bags of garbage up and down Bolyston. Classic statist.  Please God, oh God, make cops check the garbage cans on Bolyston.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3452053 Joe Davola
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Richard Jewell better have an alibi, oh never mind.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3452054 Pinto Currency
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CNBC reporting military reservists there to help.


Separately, we can expect to hear Krug now saying when gold snaps back it is because of the fear trade.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 17:21 | 3452884 Manthong
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I think his  take will be how good this atrocity is for the medical and construction business.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 19:42 | 3453753 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"to run towards the explosion."

Like at the 'grassy knoll'?

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 15:31 | 3451962 Stackers
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3rd pic is pretty gruesome. Somebody's having a really bad day

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