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Boston's morning after: "It looks like a war zone"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 01:01

April 16 - Humvees and debris could be seen in downtown Boston, the morning after the worst bombing attack on U.S. soil since the September 11th attacks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Boston Marathon was to be a day of athleticism, achievement and community support that quickly turned into a horrific scare for runners and locals after the explosion of two bombs. And on Tuesday (April 16), for many, the nightmare was far from over. "It was everything fine until I got, just when I finished, then I just heard kaboom. And I turned my head, I had just finished the line and I turned and I saw the smoke and they yelled at us to keep moving, so we just kept going," recalled three-time Boston marathon-runner Mira Vedo, who was out surveying the aftermath from yesterday's event. Like many runners who survived the blast unscathed, Kevin Hervert thought it could have been him. "Well, it kind of looks like a war zone. It's all quartered off over here where they have a crime scene, so it's pretty shocking to know that there's some kind of a terrorist act that occurred here and there are bombs right by the finish line that I had just run across," said Hervert. On Tuesday (April 16), a Boston-area apartment was one focus of a wide-ranging police investigation as authorities pursued clues into who carried out a bombing attack that killed three people and wounded more than 100 others at the storied Boston Marathon. Police overnight searched an apartment in Revere, about 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Boston, that was the residence of a person whose connection to the event is under investigation, law enforcement sources said. A stretch of Boylston Street near the race's finish line and the blocks around it were closed to traffic as police searched for evidence of the identity of who placed the bombs packed with ball bearings to maximize casualties. It was the worst bombing on U.S. soil since security was tightened after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The White House said the bombings would be treated as "an act of terror" and President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible would "feel the full weight of justice." In Boston, dozens of police and National Guard vehicles were parked around the cordoned-off area, which was empty of cars and pedestrians as authorities hunted for clues.

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Boston's morning after: "It looks like a war zone"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 01:01