The Boston Globe – Devastation at the Finish Line

With thousands of runners still on the course at the 117th Boston Marathon, two explosions rocked Boylston Street just yards from the finish line. Three were killed and hundreds were injured. Instead of triumph and celebration, the streets in Boston were filled with terror and bloodshed.

Boston-4/15/13- Boston Police officers Rachel McGuire, Kevin McGill and Javier Pagan react to a second  terrorist bomb exploding at the Boston Marathon. The first bomb knocked down runner Bill Effrig on Boylston Street near the finish line.

Boston-4/15/13- Boston Police officers Rachel McGuire, Kevin McGill and Javier Pagan react to a second terrorist bomb exploding at the Boston Marathon. The first bomb knocked down runner Bill Effrig on Boylston Street near the finish line.

 

BOSTON, MA. 04/ 15 /13:  The second bomb explodes as runners approach the finish line at the 117th Boston Marathon.

BOSTON, MA. 04/ 15 /13: The second bomb explodes as runners approach the finish line at the 117th Boston Marathon.

 

Boston-4/15/13-  Carlos Arredondo (left) climbs over the barricades on Boylston Street to get to the injured on the sidewalk at the site of the first bombing near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

Boston-4/15/13- Carlos Arredondo (left) climbs over the barricades on Boylston Street to get to the injured on the sidewalk at the site of the first bombing near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

 

Boston-04/15/13- Sydney Corcoran from Lowell is helped by Matt Smith (left) from Boston and Zack Mione from Portland, Oregon on the sidewalk at the site of the first Boston Marathon bombing. They saved her life by applying pressure to her wounded leg and using t-shirts as a turniquet.

Boston-04/15/13- Sydney Corcoran from Lowell is helped by Matt Smith (left) from Boston and Zack Mione from Portland, Oregon on the sidewalk at the site of the first Boston Marathon bombing. They saved her life by applying pressure to her wounded leg and using t-shirts as a turniquet.

 

Boston, MA - 4/15/13-Women desperate to hear from loved ones after the explosions at the Boston Marathon can't enter the scene at Boylston and Mass Ave.

Boston, MA – 4/15/13-Women desperate to hear from loved ones after the explosions at the Boston Marathon can’t enter the scene at Boylston and Mass Ave.

 

Boston-4/15/13- Kevin Corcoran (left) from Lowell puts his belt on the leg of his wife Celeste to stop the bleeding, as Nicole Gross (rt)  from Charlotte, N.C. sits in shock  on the sidewalk at the site of the first Boston Marathon bombing near the finish line on the Boylston Street.

Boston-4/15/13- Kevin Corcoran (left) from Lowell puts his belt on the leg of his wife Celeste to stop the bleeding, as Nicole Gross (rt) from Charlotte, N.C. sits in shock on the sidewalk at the site of the first Boston Marathon bombing near the finish line on the Boylston Street.

 

BOSTON, MA. 04/ 15 /13:   Bomb victims Mery Daniel (right) and Victoria McGrath are pushed to safety on stretcher. Both suffered serious injurious to their legs:  Mery Daneil lost her left leg.

BOSTON, MA. 04/ 15 /13: Bomb victims Mery Daniel (right) and Victoria McGrath are pushed to safety on stretcher. Both suffered serious injurious to their legs: Mery Daneil lost her left leg.

 

Boston, MA - 4/15/2013 - Runners of the Boston Marathon who had not finished the race were stopped before the Mass. Ave. overpass on Commonwealth Ave. after the bombings

Boston, MA – 4/15/2013 – Runners of the Boston Marathon who had not finished the race were stopped before the Mass. Ave. overpass on Commonwealth Ave. after the bombings

 

Boston, MA:  04-15-13:   Katherine Swierk (left) is reunited with her aunt Terry Days (center) and friend Jocelyn Cascio outside Copley Square in Boston after the explosions at the Boston Marathon.  Swierk was a race volunteer, Cascio ran the race, but was forced to withdraw at 25.6 miles due to the attack.

Boston, MA: 04-15-13: Katherine Swierk (left) is reunited with her aunt Terry Days (center) and friend Jocelyn Cascio outside Copley Square in Boston after the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Swierk was a race volunteer, Cascio ran the race, but was forced to withdraw at 25.6 miles due to the attack.

 

Boston-4/15/13- Joe Duncan, a Marine, comforts a woman who was hit by shrapnel from the first terrorist bomb on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line of Boylston Street.

Boston-4/15/13- Joe Duncan, a Marine, comforts a woman who was hit by shrapnel from the first terrorist bomb on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line of Boylston Street.

 

Boston-4/15/13- A woman kneels and prays at the scene of the first explosion on Boylston Street At the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Boston-4/15/13- A woman kneels and prays at the scene of the first explosion on Boylston Street At the finish line of the Boston Marathon.