Boston Marathon Explosion: Observations and Helpful Links

by Bill Brenner on April 15, 2013

I wasn’t in Boston for the marathon today, but I’m in that specific area all the time and am stunned. Far as I can tell, everyone in my family is safe and accounted for.

I’ve started this post to use for communications. If anyone has information regarding the rail lines, alternate routes out of the city or wants to find out about friends and loved ones, I’m hoping the comments thread or the Facebook and Twitter threads from this post will help people get the information they need.

Otherwise, some random thoughts:

–I’m grateful for all the messages I’ve gotten from around the world asking if me and mine are OK. It goes to show that even in the face of evil, good people always come through. You’ll hear a lot more about that in the coming days — stories of stranger helping stranger. As Mister Rogers’ mom once told him, always watch for the helpers. They always arrive.

–There’s already a lot of speculation on motive, including suggestions that this was timed to coincide with anniversaries of the Columbine massacre, the Oklahoma City bombing and the violent end of the Waco standoff. At this point, all that matters to me is that those who are hurt are getting medical assistance. Also, it’s far too early to draw conclusions. Do yourself a favor. Stay away from the big news networks for now. They jump to conclusions and spread misinformation every time.

I’m sticking to local news outlets, two of which are below.

–If you were in Boston today and you’re reading this, I’m thankful you’re OK.

I’ll update this post as needed.

Helpful links for information:

Those trying to locate loved ones can call 617-635-4500; people with tips can call 1-800-494-TIPS

WCVB’s live video feed.

Boston.com’s live tweet feed.

Be safe, folks.

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