Terrorist Attack at the Boston Marathon: Shotgun Pellets Among Shrapnel Explosion Near Finish Line

by Colonel on April 15, 2013

The Boston Globe @BostonGlobe

Asked if blasts were terror-related, Boston police chief said “We’re not being definitive… but you can reach your own conclusions.”

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“Witness Dave Weigel said via Twitter minutes after the explosion: ‘I saw people’s legs blown off. Horrific. Two explosions. Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror.’

A source told MailOnline that there were shotgun shells in the two bombs, which sprayed onlookers and runners with massive amounts of shrapnel.

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“A law enforcement source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that one of the explosive devices appears to have been placed in a metal pressure cooker … which had been placed in a black nylon bag or backpack. Investigators also found pieces of an electronic circuit board possibly indicating a timer was used in the detonation of the bomb.

A law enforcement official told CBS News that the two bombs that exploded were made to look like discarded property. It is still unknown if one or both bombs were in garbage cans. One may have been on the sidewalk.

The bombs were described as “low explosive,” but with “anti-personnel” packing. The official said there were apparently things like BB’s, ball bearings and nails in the bombs.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News’ Milton that a Saudi Arabian man who was being questioned by investigators is not being considered a suspect at this time, and it appears that he was a spectator who was injured in the attack.

” – Copyright 2013 CBS Interactive Inc./The Associated Press

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