Marathon Bombing

An injured woman is attended to at the scene of an explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Two explosions struck the marathon as runners crossed the finish line (Kenshin Okubo / Daily Free Press / April 15, 2013)

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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    After Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon, can Americans feel safe attending or taking part in major events outdoors?

    • Yes. The incident at the Boston Marathon was horrific, but very unusual. There are marquee events held all the time without problems. But they never make news.
    • No. There was a strong law enforcement presence at the marathon. If someone can get away with a bombing there, Americans can't feel truly safe at any outdoor event.
    • It's too soon to tell. Without more information, it's not possible to draw conclusions about what went wrong at the Boston Marathon and the implications for other outdoor events.
  • Topics
  • The Finish Line Incorporated
  • September 11, 2001 Attacks

The finish line at the Boston Marathon became a scene of carnage Monday after two explosions believed to be bombs. Three people were killed, and more than 100 were injured, some losing limbs. Authorities who responded reportedly found at least two more unexploded devices. The marathon is one of America’s oldest and best known sporting events. Monday’s race drew more than 20,000 participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the route.  Does the fact that someone could carry out an apparent attack at the finish line of one of the world’s most prominent races mean that such outdoor events can’t be made safe? Would you think twice about watching or taking part in such an event? Has America let down its guard more than 11 years after 9/11?

NEWS AND VIEWS

Boston Bombing: Heartbreak At The Finish Line
Courant editorial, April 15

Three Dead, Scores Injured After Explosions Rock Boston Marathon
Reuters, April 15

Boston Marathon facts
Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 15