After the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Attack

by Vanessa Treviño – The Tech

A timeline report compiled by members of the MIT Tech commenced immediately following viral reports of explosions near the finish mile of the Boston Marathon.

A timeline report compiled by members of the MIT Tech commenced immediately following viral reports of explosions near the finish mile of the Boston Marathon.
This image directs to the full timeline from 2:50PM to 9PM and includes credible sources from which the intel for this photo essay was made possible. (Credit to MIT Staff Reporters: Anne Cai, Deborah Chen, Bruno B.F. Faviero, Stan Gill, Greg Steinbrecher, and Stephen Suen.)
Boston Police at approximately 3:43PM closing off the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.
Boston Police at approximately 3:43PM closing off the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.
Marathon runners resting safely on the Cambridge side of the bridge. Many of the runners were stopped at the 25th mile near Commonwealth Avenue and Hereford Street.
Marathon runners resting safely on the Cambridge side of the bridge. Many of the runners were stopped at the 25th mile near Commonwealth Avenue and Hereford Street.
Boston police following orders to evacuate marathon viewers.
Boston police following orders to evacuate marathon viewers.
Officials investigating the mall that divides Commonwealth Avenue after being tipped off. 15 minutes later a van arrived with 2 more men who surveyed the block. The crime scene was extended to include Hereford Street, 4 blocks from Dartmouth Street.
Officials investigating the mall that divides Commonwealth Avenue after being tipped off. 15 minutes later a van arrived with 2 more men who surveyed the block. The crime scene was extended to include Hereford Street, 4 blocks from Dartmouth Street.
School buses carrying police and other officials. All off-duty police officials were called on until further notice.
School buses carrying police and other officials. All off-duty police officials were called on until further notice.
An ambulance heading towards Massachusetts Avenue. Throughout the afternoon sirens were the constant reminder of what occurred earlier at the Boston Marathon.
An ambulance heading towards Massachusetts Avenue. Throughout the afternoon sirens were the constant reminder of what occurred earlier at the Boston Marathon.
Officials discussing where to re-route civilians.
Officials discussing where to re-route civilians.
Boston Marathon space blankets seen from the windows of the Silver Line bus.
Boston Marathon space blankets seen from the windows of the Silver Line bus.
Boston police clearing the roads of civilians for Silver Line buses, which were transporting marathon runners who had been stopped outside of the city.
Boston police clearing the roads of civilians for Silver Line buses, which were transporting marathon runners who had been stopped outside of the city.
State police investigating the Hereford and Commonwealth block for possible threats. Police advised people to stay away from trash cans and anything suspicious. The case is now being handled by Federal Officials.
State police investigating the Hereford and Commonwealth block for possible threats. Police advised people to stay away from trash cans and anything suspicious. The case is now being handled by Federal Officials.
A fire-fighter clearing the police block for the fire truck. Within minutes the Boston Police had blocked off all of Boylston Street, Newbury Street, and Commonwealth Avenue.
A fire-fighter clearing the police block for the fire truck. Within minutes the Boston Police had blocked off all of Boylston Street, Newbury Street, and Commonwealth Avenue.
The firetruck exiting the extended crime scene.
The firetruck exiting the extended crime scene.
A man being escorted off Hereford Street; the cause seemed minor and not related to the explosions. Police on Dartmouth Street around 7PM refused one woman, who lived on Boylston near the Boston Public Library, to return to her home for prescriptions, advising her to call the pharmacy or her doctor.
A man being escorted off Hereford Street; the cause seemed minor and not related to the explosions. Police on Dartmouth Street around 7PM refused one woman, who lived on Boylston near the Boston Public Library, to return to her home for prescriptions, advising her to call the pharmacy or her doctor.
A US Postal Service worker emptying the mailbox.
A US Postal Service worker emptying the mailbox.
Police officials did not stop the man. Today was an unfortunate, but especially important day to check for any and all suspicious looking packages along the Boston Marathon's miles.
Police officials did not stop the man. Today was an unfortunate, but especially important day to check for any and all suspicious looking packages along the Boston Marathon’s miles.
Copley T stop blocked off.
Copley T stop blocked off.
One of the medical tents on Boylston Street, earlier flooded with wounded marathon participants and viewers at the 26th mile.
One of the medical tents on Boylston Street, earlier flooded with wounded marathon participants and viewers at the 26th mile.
Flags hung from the Boston Public Library at Copley Square.
Flags hung from the Boston Public Library at Copley Square.
Abandoned shoes, signs, and various items were left behind near the sites of the explosions. Among these were cell phones, which officials were investigating. It is likely that the explosions were controlled and one method hypothesized includes calls made to the packages.
Abandoned shoes, signs, and various items were left behind near the sites of the explosions. Many cell phones were also left behind but not returned to their owners. Given that the two explosions were controlled, one hypothesized method includes calls being made to detonate the packages.
Boston Marathon space blankets lined Newbury Street.
Boston Marathon space blankets lined Newbury Street.
Officials guarding the medical tent.
Officials guarding the medical tent.
Uncommon tape for Boston's Copley Square seen between the blocks where the first explosion occurred.
Uncommon tape for Boston’s Copley Square seen between the blocks where the first explosion occurred.
Government officials parked on Commonwealth Avenue watching the news. Possible government equipment was spotted inside the trailer.
Government officials parked on Commonwealth Avenue watching the news. Possible government equipment was spotted inside the trailer.
Officials at the crime scene at around 7PM.
Officials at the crime scene at around 7PM.
A reporter from Rhode-Island on-site; one of the injured persons was from Newport, RI. He later interviewed a Suffolk University student who was near the first explosion waiting for his friend to run by.
A reporter before interviewing a Suffolk University student who was near the first explosion waiting for his friend to run by.
Marathon runners crossing the Massachusetts Avenue bridge near MIT.
Marathon runners crossing the Massachusetts Avenue bridge near MIT.
A display originally intended for Patriots Day, in memory of the battle of Lexington and Concord, became a poignant symbol of the Greater Boston Area's support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. This photo of the MIT Cecil and Ida Green Building over the Charles River was taken by Chris Pentacoff (all rights reserved).
A display originally intended for Patriots Day, in memory of the battle of Lexington and Concord, became a poignant symbol of the Greater Boston Area’s support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. This photo of the MIT Cecil and Ida Green Building over the Charles River was taken by Chris Pentacoff (all rights reserved).

“I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city and as they do, the American people will be with them.” – Barack Obama

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