What a scare. Someone very close to me works in that area. He's fine, thankfully.
There is no announcement (if anyone even knows yet) about what caused it, but injuries were very serious. I wouldn't have even known about it because I don't have television or radio on, but someone let me know I should turn on the TV. I just thought I'd share this here in case anyone might want to know more about it. (I'm still shaking even though I've talked to my family member.)
I'd agree, and I'm not particularly assuming it was "innocent". It's just that I'm a big stickler for not risking jumping to conclusions without "official" information. Right now all I care about is that my family member gets out of that area.
Correction after original post: They should consider themselves fortunate to be able to indulge in political foolishness rather than having to worry about having loved ones in that area. They might want to pay a little more attention to what's actually developing right now and resume their political foolishness once this crisis is over and better understood.
Earlier it was reported that two devices were found and had been dismantled. Whether that was accurate or not, I don't know. Now they're saying that there was a third explosion that people heard but that was officials detonating something; but there was also a real third explosion at the JFK library.
Of course, "attack" doesn't necessarily mean "terrorism" as most of us think of it. They've also raised the possibility of something like "kids throwing pipe bombs in trash cans". Either way, I guess watching to see what goes on will eventually lead to knowing who/what caused it.
In case anyone's wondering, Logan is still operating. Boylston Street businesses evacuated. People are being told to avoid Copley Square. Boylston being considered a crime scene by police.
Very sad situation. A friend called me and told me to flip on TV. I have not done so yet because undoubtedly it will be plastered all over the news channels for the rest of the night and perhaps for days to come. More accurate information will be forthcoming as time progresses. I am just sad for all of the injured people and their loved ones. Hope they determine the cause soon and eliminate the possibility of any more damage than what has already transpired.
Besides my son, I have someone else close who works at Downtown Crossing. Right now (or at least as recently as, maybe, an hour ago or so; they've asked people not to use their cell phones because of the possibility they might potentially set off another device). So, those of us waiting to hear that people are home again aren't, as far as I can guess, likely to hear from them until/unless they're away from the area.
It doesn't help that the Green line has been stopped, and they're saying that the Red and Orange lines will be "bypassing" downtown. I think a lot of people who haven't already left are going to slowed down when it comes to getting home.
Now (7:46 p.m.) they're saying that it's looking less and less likely that the "issue" at the JFK library was connected the other stuff. They even mentioned the possibility of something accidental on that one explosion/fire (whatever it was that happened there).
I haven't heard a word about that at all. I've been watching Boston's WCVB. I did turn off the sound for a few minutes while I talked to my kids' father (who knew nothing about any of it because he's at work), but that was only for - like - five minutes.
Now they're reporting officers at the Brigham and Womens hospital, with automatic weapons. The news woman is saying it appears to be "stepped up security" (rather than just interviewing victims). (I'm just doing "highlights" because I've been doing nothing but sitting here with the television on. I have nothing better to do until it's no longer "an ongoing situation" (as news and officials have called it).
Note: Oh.. I just went and looked for it and found it. I'm glad you posted that here. That could potentially explain the stepped up security at Tufts (hospital) and the Brigham (where there's now a SWAT team presence).
My brother just called. They're all fine. He's home now and took the train, but he said now the trains are closed which is going to leave a lot of commuters stranded. He said there were police at each stop. He works in the financial district which is about a mile away from the explosion. They didn't hear any explosions, but soon heard about it.
Lisa, I hope your family is ok.
All we'll hear for a while is a lot of speculation.
My son's pretty close there, and his girlfriend works at Downtown Crossing. They're now saying there's no immediate threat at Tufts, that absolutely everyone who tries to go through North Station is going to be stopped and checked, and essentially that a whole lot of people aren't going to be able to get away from the area awfully quickly.
I'm assuming there must be some kind of systematic, but slowing-down, process by which they'll be moving, or allowing to move, people who need to leave the city.
Now the police commissioner just said that reports of someone in custody are not true. He said they have nobody in custody at this time. They also mentioned that people "shouldn't read anything into" the stepped up security around the hospitals.
To let everyone know how close some things can get. I just checked my FB to see a post from my daughter that was in Boston today at the Red Sox game, not far away. She is fine, just a little freaked out.
Glad you heard from her and she's OK. That's the thing: They were saying that besides the holiday (Patriots Day for people outside the "Patriots Day" area) - and people having time off work to be in the city) and the Marathon, there was the Red Sox game.
My people are out of that area now. I just got the text. (Maybe now I can go do something productive. )
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