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Investigation Underway Into Boston Marathon Bombings

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 4/16/2013

  A 117 year-old tradition was halted when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. 

  At least three people have died, including a child, and at least 144 people were injured in the blasts.

  President Barack Obama has vowed to find those responsible.

  Ed Payne has the details.

  "Definitely devices here...I need officers; definitely device here."
  What was supposed to be a place for celebration quickly turned to a scene of destruction when two bombs went off.

 "Got down to within about 15 feet of the finishing apron and just tremendous explosion, sounded like a bomb went off right next to me, and the shock waves just hit my whole body and my legs just started jittering around," says Bill Iffrig, a 78-year-old runner knocked to the ground.

  Doctors treating the injured say they are removing metal debris from victims in the emergency room.

  "There are some very severe ones and obviously it's upsetting to see so many people come in so quickly with bad injuries like that," says Dr. Peter Fagenholz, trauma surgeon for Mass General.

  Experts say this suggest the bombs were designed to scatter shrapnel.

  Federal authorities are calling the bombings a terrorist attack, but they have not determined whether the threat was foreign or domestic.

  Monday evening, President Barack Obaa urged people not to jump to conclusions, but promised justice.

  "Make no mistake, we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," said President Obama.

  Though federal official are calling this a terrorist attack, President Obama has not used those words.

  Boston authorities says they found at least one other explosive device they dismantled.

  Doctors say several patients will need additional surgeries in the days ahead.

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