March 28, 2014

Facts About the Boston Marathon Bombings

  • Within 22 minutes of the bombs exploding at the Boston Marathon, the scene was cleared of spectators and all injured were taken to hospitals. The bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon left three people dead at the scene.

  • Both of the bombers were captured within 102 hours of the initial explosions.

  • 26,839 runners started the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, but only 17,600 crossed the finish line. That’s just over 75% of those who began the race.

  • Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who was in the hospital following surgery, discharged himself when he was told of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

  • The lid of the one of the pressure cooker bombs was found about 35 feet away from the explosion on a hotel roof.

  • The 1.25V 3000mAh Sub-C battery used in the bombs is typically used for specialty remote control cars operated by hobbyist and enthusiasts.

  • The bombers used nails in the bombs in hopes of maximizing casualties.

  • The FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force was comprised of over 30 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The agencies investigating the bombings included the FBI, Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Secret Service.

  • The final Boston Marathon bombing survivor was discharged from a rehabilitation hospital 100 days after the bombing.

  • The first Boston Marathon was held in 1897, and it’s the oldest continuously run marathon in the world.

  • It’s estimated that of the roughly 8 million tweets sent in the five days following the bombing, just 20% were actually accurate pieces of factual information.

  • The bombs were filled with ball bearings and other materials.

  • Patriot’s Day, the day on which the Boston Marathon is held, is a Massachusetts State holiday. It commemorates the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1775.

  • Boston Marathon survivors received care from 24 different hospitals in the greater Boston region.

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