With thousands — and sometimes hundreds of thousands — of spectators and entrants scattered along the route, there are limits to how much can be done to protect everyone, marathon officials, experts and runners cautioned.
Third-grader Martin Richard had just gotten ice cream and was near the Boston Marathon finish line, eagerly watching for friends to run by. Krystle Campbell was enjoying the race with her best friend, hoping to get a photo of the other woman’s boyfriend after he conquered the last mile.
A Baltimore doctor and fire department official who completed the Boston marathon 20 minutes before the deadly explosions that killed three people said he was saddened but not surprised by the attack.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and wounded more than 170 people a “cruel act of terror.”
The deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon reverberated on both sides of the Atlantic as cities from Los Angeles to London saw a surge in security.
The Pakistani Taliban have denied any role in the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three people and injured more than 140.
It dawned chilly, clear and blue, a parsimonious but perfect serving of New England springtime that — because it came on the third Monday in April — unquestionably called for a celebration.
Officials are investigating an apparent pipe bomb that destroyed a mailbox at the Virginia home of the Treasury Department’s inspector general, but a department official says there’s no reason to suspect it was linked to the inspector general’s work.