Update: Police Searching Suburban Boston Apartment as Part of Investigation into Marathon Bombings
By Sylvia Ramirez
Mon Apr 15th, 2013 12:28pm America/Los_Angeles
BOSTON — A television station is reporting that police are searching an apartment in a Boston suburb, and authorities confirm the search is part of the investigation into the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
WBZ-TV reports that police are searching the apartment in Revere. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant was served Monday night but provided no further details.
The FBI is leading the investigation into the explosions, which killed three people and injured more than 140 others.
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BOSTON – Police say at least three people have been killed in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Police commissioner Ed Davis confirmed the three deaths but provided no details.
The explosions Monday also injured more than 130 people, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet.
Some of the victims lost arms and legs. Other injuries included broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.
The Navy has sent one of its bomb-disposal units to Boston to assist local authorities as needed in the aftermath of the two explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. The blasts killed two and injured more than 100.
The three-member explosive ordnance disposal team based at Naval Station Newport, R.I., was sent to Massachusetts after state officials asked for help. Authorities are investigating the bombings and also are checking other bags and packages that may have been left unattended as terrified crowds races away from the chaos Monday.
The Pentagon said no other active duty military personnel had yet been sent to the scene, although state National Guard troops were there. The Defense Department has not raised the threat level across the nation’s military installations.
Capitol Hill police say there is no known connection between the bombings against the Boston Marathon and Washington but they are warning Congress and their staffers to be vigilant.
A warning notice sent out to staff, obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, says the Capitol Police are stepping up their numbers in anticipation of more security checks and more suspicious packages reported over the coming days. They also warned of tighter security at entryways, including more frequent canine inspections of visitors.
The notice says the “increased presence and visibility is a proactive response” to the events in Boston, rather than being based on any specific threat.
Many congressmen called the bombings terrorism, but said it was too soon to know if the attack or attackers were domestic or foreign.
WASHINGTON- The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says there is a “person of interest” in custody in connection with the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) says he’s been briefed about the investigation. Boston police and the FBI are reported interviewing this person. Officials insist it’s unclear if that person was directly involved in the blasts.
A least two people, reportedly including a three-year old boy, were killed in the blasts while at least 23 other people were hurt.
Authorities say bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon have killed two people and injured more than 120.
Eight hospitals report that they are treating at least 124 people. Of those, at least 15 are in critical condition.
The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to amputations. Many victims suffered lower leg injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.
Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of the department of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says one or two of the hospital’s 21 patients faced a “high probability of mortality.”
President Barack Obama, responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, says the United States does not know “who did this or why” but vowed that whoever is responsible “will feel the full weight of justice.”
He said: “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”
Obama made his remarks Monday evening from the White House about three hours after two explosions detonated near the marathon’s finish line. At least two people were killed and 50 injured in the blasts.
Obama has been in touch with federal law enforcement and Massachusetts officials in the aftermath of the explosions.
The Secret Service reacted cautiously to the blasts, expanding the security perimeter around the White House.
Attorney General Eric Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department be deployed to investigate the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon.
A department official said Holder has spoken with FBI Director Robert Mueller and with Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. The official said Ortiz’s office was coordinating the department’s response with the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record.
Two bombs exploded near the marathon’s finish line on Monday, killing two people and injuring many others. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found nearby. A third explosion followed at the JFK Library in Boston.
WASHINGTON – A senior U.S. intelligence official says two more explosive devices have been found near the scene of the Boston marathon where two bombs detonated earlier.
The official said the new devices were being dismantled. It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found Monday. The official said the first two did appear to be bombs.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly.
The official said it was not clear what the motive was or who may have launched the attack.
Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.
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The Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots that it has created a no-fly zone over the site of two explosions at the annual Boston marathon.
The agency said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing.
The notice says the no-fly zone is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Pilots planning flights were urged to call their local flight service station.
One runner says he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, after the twin explosions there. The runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, says the injuries included missing limbs.
Race organizers and police say two people were killed and nearly two dozen others were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line, about three hours after the winners had completed the race.
Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos and as bloody spectators were carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured. Those who hadn’t yet finished the race were rerouted away from the area.
Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the flags lining the route. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has heightened security measures in the aftermath of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the department has opened the Emergency Operations Center, increased patrols for transit and other critical areas including the Los Angeles Dodgers game Monday night.
Whitmore says the department has also increased security around all county buildings and is coordinating with other law enforcement to gather more information about the incident.
In Massachusetts, Boston police say the explosions have killed two people and injured 22 others. The back-to-back blasts occurred about two hours after the winners crossed the finish line.
Police in New York City and London are stepping up security following explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said critical response teams are deployed around the city until more about the explosion is learned. Officials are stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations.
British police also say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon. It’s the next major international marathon. A London Metropolitan Police spokesman says police are working with marathon officials to review security plans.
The blasts occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. It was not yet clear what caused the blasts.
New York City police are stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said critical response teams are deployed around the city until more about the explosion is learned.
The blasts occurred at the finish line of the marathon Monday afternoon.
The White House says President Barack Obama has been notified about the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The White House says the administration is in contact with state and local authorities and directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response.
Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call with gun control activists when staffers turned on televisions in his office Monday to view coverage of the explosions. Biden said during the call that his prayers were with those who suffered injuries.