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Thousand runners and then you had thousands if not tens of thousands.
People who -- on this race -- of course.
And they cheered like they do every year -- the -- come by and at that finish line it is quite possible.
The majority of spectators had gathered at that finish line.
-- -- earlier -- an expert talking about why would you set a bomb off when.
When the racing to be less popular toward the finish line.
That is true however there were thousands sitting in those aluminum grandstands.
It was a very easy target hit anyone you wanted that moment here as the governor of Massachusetts.
Deval Patrick on this.
People should expect that those who are writing that -- That there will be random checks of backpacks and other parcels.
And we just ask everyone to be patient with an inconvenience for the time being.
It is for the public's safety.
We're also asking that everyone be on a state of heightened the vigilance.
That is really required of everyone please report suspicious.
Packages or Parcells.
Suspicious suspicious activity.
Two a -- local law enforcement.
And the governor has been very public so too -- the mayor of Boston Tom Menino you would expect that to.
And the chief of emergency services from Massachusetts General Hospital.
He was describing late last night the carnage is something you would expect to see in a war zone but not Boston Massachusetts.
This is like.
-- -- a bomb explosion that we hear about the news in Baghdad -- or Israel holds some of that tragic.
On some place in the world.
Listening to him describe what he saw arrive at this hospital outside it was chilling.
Mike Tobin is at Massachusetts general and Mike what is it like.
There from what you're hearing about what it was like.
When the patients arrived.
We always just a matter of minutes bill until the injured particularly the severely -- started coming here to Massachusetts general quickly.
This became ground zero for the critically injured.
You know at that point we didn't know -- that was.
It did turn out to be in the US version that was going to be intimidated -- -- on.
I think actually everybody.
We're prepared -- -- the situation so the hospital activated its its incident command system and within about.
Five to ten minutes we had everything pretty much up and running.
-- doctor -- -- -- says the edge treatments will need to be staged because you have such a wide variety of injuries you have tissue damage yet vascular damage you have bone breaks.
So they need to prioritize for example you stop the bleeding you come back later and deal with the bone breaks -- doctors here Massachusetts general say they are seeing a lot of shrapnel type injuries.
But it was a doctor from Beth Israel deaconess who says he is seeing in the patients what appears to be ball bearings.
That is consistent with the reporting that we have from the bombing scene that the bomb itself was packed with ball -- to be used -- shrapnel bill.
You'd imagine now would be a question to for the FBI coming up here in about twenty minutes to Mike and you spoke what many runners how are they reacting and what stories are they telling you today.
It's really interesting about a lot of friends who were in this race in the chatter that is now going around particular FaceBook and things like that.
Is -- the nature of let's all get in marathon shape let's show up what's qualify for Boston next year and showed just how resilient we can -- it's pretty interesting I have one very close friend who I was here supporting his wife.
He is also surviving member of the Hong Kong football club you may remember that they were hit by that al-Qaeda bombing in Bali in 2002.
He lost nine teammates in that attack.
He says right now he's a very resistant to apply this -- to a group of people -- put a face on this.
Give into the temptation.
Of hatred in this place he says whoever's responsible for this.
Is one not -- a small group of knots and they're not worth his anger bill.
Mike Tobin thank you -- us here in Boston here's what.
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