Boston Bombing - Initial reactions

F4Jock

Senior Member.
These blasts have just been characterized as a "terrorist attack." How can they know so fast right Hiper? This just HAS to be a government conspiracy! (Sarcasm intended!)

EDiT: Ten patients with traumatic amputations now in Mass General ER with more expected.
 
U

Unregistered

Guest
White smoke = explosives ? Even though some are saying it was black smoke...
 

Agav8r

Member
Seriously though, that's not good at all. Hope they find out who is behind it and that they are brought to justice, if it turns out to be a deliberate act.
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
My father-in-law is running in this. We have not heard from him yet.

Based on his chip times though, he should be 20 minutes behind that. Still worrying.
 

SR1419

Senior Member.
Based on his chip times though, he should be 20 minutes behind that. Still worrying.
You mean his RFID chip embedded in his...shoe?? oh the horror!

Seriously, I hope he is ok...perhaps he will not be so hard on himself for not running a faster race.

Its "Patriots Day" in Boston....I can see how that will get twisted...the comments on the facebook thread are discouraging.
 

HappyMonday

Moderator
Its "Patriots Day" in Boston....I can see how that will get twisted...the comments on the facebook thread are discouraging.
I'd written a response, but pulled it at the last moment to post here instead. Some of them are beyond the pale.
 

F4Jock

Senior Member.
According to news feeds Federal sources confirm explosion at JFK Library in Dorchester, MA.

Unconfirmed report of suspect in custody in an unnamed Boston hospital.
 

JRBids

Senior Member.
The photographer I use for my homes for sale was at the finish line. I haven't heard anything from him and I'm worried about him.
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
This will get portrayed as a "false flag" attack. There are some people in the conspiracy culture who basically think that everything you see on TV is fake.

I was running low on patience with the Sandy Hook crowd. This might somewhat testing.
 

F4Jock

Senior Member.
This will get portrayed as a "false flag" attack. There are some people in the conspiracy culture who basically think that everything you see on TV is fake.

I was running low on patience with the Sandy Hook crowd. This might somewhat testing.
Exactly what is happening on Facebook.
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
The photographer I use for my homes for sale was at the finish line. I haven't heard anything from him and I'm worried about him.
Check his split times here (look at the time of day, the "time" column is chip time, which is relative to individual start time) , they should give you an idea
http://baa.org/individual.html

Explosion happened at 2:50, my father in law was at 40K (24.8 miles of 26.2 course) at 2:49, which means he should have been well clear of the blasts.
 

JRBids

Senior Member.
Check his split times here (look at the time of day, the "time" column is chip time, which is relative to individual start time) , they should give you an idea
http://baa.org/individual.html

Explosion happened at 2:45 (according to Wikipediad, other sources say "before 3PM"), my father in law was at 40K (24.8 miles of 26.2 course) at 2:49, which means he should have been well clear of the blasts.
My friend was photographing not running. I texted him but haven't gotten a text back. Thank though.
 

F4Jock

Senior Member.
Holy crap!:eek::(

Incredible the absolute certainty of opinion without even waiting for details.
Who needs facts??? All you need is a "feeling...."

At least this time the response seems more cogent.

UPDATE: At least four devices involved.
 

lotek

Active Member
can i get a dump of all the links you guys have as to create a better vague image of the total of what is being reported.
 

lotek

Active Member
im not even gunna touch that shit. not yet alteast. its pathetic to expect you or anyone else has the ability to determine such information in such short time. its childish. no other words can describe the expectation or demand for data so soon, or the quick formulation of theories with zero data to go off of, like you are some informed expert.

Fucking Childish. Take a nap!

A side note, if you would like raw uncensored images look on 4chan or similar sites. there many threads running right now with awful stuff up. stuff the news media wont/cant come close to touching. just ignore the text...
 

lotek

Active Member
posts about drones.... ignoring that 90% of commercial and hobby hex/quadrotors are used to FPV wireless cameras.... stupid kids..
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
The lack of anyone claiming responsibility so far is reminding me of the Atlanta Olympic Park bombings, in 1996:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Olympic_Park_bombing

It was a couple of years before they correctly identified Rudolph as a suspect, then three more before they caught him.

Pure speculations, but it's entirely possible this is the work of one guy. Make three bombs, drop them in garbage cans, detonate them with timers.
 

angryjock

New Member
Conspiracy nuts are already pausing and rewinding their dvr'd footage of the explosion. Warming up Windows Movie Maker. Getting ready to post their masterpieces with names like: Boston Marathon Hoax: Totally Exposed. Blown Wide Open. Definitive Proof (Full Movie).
 

Met Watch

Moderator
The lack of anyone claiming responsibility so far is reminding me of the Atlanta Olympic Park bombings, in 1996:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Olympic_Park_bombing

It was a couple of years before they correctly identified Rudolph as a suspect, then three more before they caught him.

Pure speculations, but it's entirely possible this is the work of one guy. Make three bombs, drop them in garbage cans, detonate them with timers.
The problem is tons of people were using those trashcans, and he could have hidden that stuff in a tinfoil wrapping - possibly to look like a hot dog or some kind of food item you could get while spectating the marathon. I highly doubt they just chucked a raw bomb in the trashcan and waltzed off.
 

David Fraser

Senior Member.
The problem is tons of people were using those trashcans, and he could have hidden that stuff in a tinfoil wrapping - possibly to look like a hot dog or some kind of food item you could get while spectating the marathon. I highly doubt they just chucked a raw bomb in the trashcan and waltzed off.
Fast food bags are a favourite. But how it is delivered often depends on the explosives used, whether they have projectiles added and importantly what the bin is made of. A box or carton will provide protection of wires and against liquids spilling over it, after all it is a bin.

I not an expert in explosives, but I served in the army in Northern Ireland and a great deal of training was spent around bombs. Bins where a favourite way to place explosives. Virtually undetectable by eye due to the nature of rubbish, and you don't want to be rummaging around and set it off. Standard procedure was to just evacuate the area getting people to avoid any bins as they went and then get Felix in with the dogs. Another issue was evacuation routes. Bombs would often be set on timers, with the aim to give consequtive blasts, so one goes off and it gets people running and then the other goes off further away to catch them. I got caught out in a similar attack in the '80's where I was near a car bomb but a bomb had been placed in a bin further away went off as people ran away. Standard procedure in the day was to throw myself 20 foot in the air, scream and lie unconscious for a while. When I got up someone had to point out I had a 6 inch wide piece of metal sticking out the back of ny head. They had covered that subject in Basic Training so I was at a loss on what to do.

I feel sorry for the police in Boston, especially if they received intelligence during the event. They are damned if they do and damned if they don't inform the public. My experience was always acceptance by the public and either joviality or mild annoyance but never panic as such. Just for interest it is the main reason you don't find a bin on UK train stations, and if you do its just a clear bag on a wall.

Hope your father in law is OK Mick. These things have a tendency to stick in the back of the mind
 

Joe

Senior Member
Conspiracy nuts are already pausing and rewinding their dvr'd footage of the explosion. Warming up Windows Movie Maker. Getting ready to post their masterpieces with names like: Boston Marathon Hoax: Totally Exposed. Blown Wide Open. Definitive Proof (Full Movie).
The media is just as bad if not worse on their speculation .
 

David Fraser

Senior Member.
The media is just as bad if not worse on their speculation .
Its not just the media. There is the marathon in London on Sunday and it has already been announced that security will be beefed up. Mind you security is already pretty tight. Apparently there is a funeral happening tomorrow and the area is swarming with the security services.
 
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