Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon Bombings

Two powerful explosions rocked the finish line area of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Police raced to determine whether it was a terror attack. Phil Kirkpatrick, a 59-year-old from Nashville with blood on his jeans and shoes, was watching his girlfriend race. "There was a large explosion and a white flash," he said. "It blew us all back onto each other. It was so loud, I still can't hear out of my right ear. I was crawling on the sidewalk, and my cell phone blew out of my hand." (Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg)


Bloomberg View

  • View: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Rights, and the Public’s

    Even if no one ever tells him so, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has the right to remain silent. And even if he never utters another word, there is probably more than enough evidence to convict him.

  • Barro: Don't Panic About Boston or West, Texas

    Did we overreact to the Boston bombings and underreact to the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion? That's what Richard Kim argues, characterizing the national reaction to terrorism as "total social warfare" and to industrial accidents as "callous indifference."

  • Harshaw: What FBI Should Tell Us Now About Boston Bombings

    We don't know exactly what Tamerlan Tsarnaev did during his visit to Russia in 2012. We do know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has told us very little about its inquiry at that time into the man now accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

  • Feldman: Terrorism Comes to Cambridge

    My experience of Blackhawk helicopters was restricted to Iraq -- until this morning, when I heard them flying low over the quiet, leafy Cambridge, Massachusetts, neighborhood where I’ve lived for most of my 42 years.

  • Sunstein: Why People Stay Scared After Tragedies Like Boston Attack

    The great psychologist William James was Gertrude Stein’s teacher and mentor. As legend tells it, James once posed a single question on a final examination: “What is risk?” Stein wrote, “This is,” walked out of the examination room, and went about her business. Supposedly James gave Stein an A.

  • World View: Russians, Chechens Worry About Boston Fallout

    As the U.S. tries to process the news that the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had ties to the Russian republic of Chechnya, Russians and Chechens know what it means for them: trouble.

  • Goldberg: Five Things to Remember as Boston Crisis Unfolds

    The Boston Marathon bombing is a quick-moving story (a frenetic one, if you’re following on Twitter). And the facts, as CNN has learned, shift with seeming abandon. But certain patterns and questions are making themselves fairly obvious.

  • Boston’s Surreal Crowdsourced Manhunt

    For several hours each year on the third Monday of April, the 600 block of Boylston Street in Boston is the most surveilled place on Earth. Television crews, news and commercial photographers, Web videographers, friends, family, tourists -- and, not incidentally, law enforcement -- all have their electronic eyes trained on the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

  • Harshaw: Social Media's Manhunt for the Boston Bombers

    The discussion on Web sites, blogs and social media over the past 12 hours has already pushed forward a number of themes and observations that will be valuable in making sense of what happened at the Boston Marathon finish line.

  • Carter: Boston and the Terrible Theater of Terrorism

    The attack on the Boston Marathon is a reminder of the adage that terror is theater. Yes, terror is reprehensible. But it is theater, too, played out on a grand stage before an audience of tens of millions.

  • The Admirably Calm Response to Boston

    “Boston bombings shatter a national sense of safety,” read one headline this morning. “A perfect Marathon day, then the unimaginable,” read another. These summations were plausible enough, because yesterday’s attack was the first successful strike against a U.S. city since Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Why Boston’s Marathon Is Special

    Sportswriters exist in a kind of creative tension. Pulling us in one direction is the desire to draw deeper meaning from the events we cover. Pulling us in the other is the realization that sportswriting isn’t social commentary.

  • In Boston Attack, the Best Response Is Resiliency

    Ten years ago, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself at a cafe in the German Colony neighborhood of Jerusalem. Seven people were killed, including David Applebaum, an American-born emergency-room doctor who had treated countless victims of previous attacks.

  • Cities Like Boston Show Resolve After Attacks

    The April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon show little of the evil genius displayed on Sept. 11, 2001, only diabolical fiendishness. But the bombings occurred at a place, near the finish line, and a time, four hours after the race began, when crowds would be dense.

  • Minter: Chinese Send Boston Condolences and Conspiracy Theories

    Shortly before the explosion yesterday at the Boston Marathon, Wang Shi, the billionaire chairman of China Vanke Co., China’s largest real-estate development company, took a photo near the finish line. The subject was one of his 15 employees who participated in the race, wrapped in a Chinese flag, greeting family.

  • Champion: After Boston Attack, London Keeps Calm and Carries On

    There's a fad at the moment for jokey versions of the famous World War II "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster, which the 1939 British government printed to reassure the public after the start of German air raids.

  • Goldberg: Boston Bomb Attack No Excuse for Media Speculation

    As if to provide a warning to commentators, prognosticators, ax-grinders, think-tankers and television analysts about the dangers of petty speculation, the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof posted this thought on Twitter a few minutes after today’s apparent bomb attack in Boston: “explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment.”


  • Of Horror and Heroism: A Photographer's Story in Pictures

    Kelvin Ma, a photographer for the Bloomberg Photo Service, was stationed about 50 feet from the finish line at the Boston Marathon as the April 15 explosions occurred. Ma took the photo of wheelchair-bound Jeff Bauman moments after he looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.

  • Blasts Rock Boston Marathon, Shake Nation

    Two powerful explosions rocked the finish line area of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. Police, racing to determine whether it was a terror attack, said two people were killed and scores injured.

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