Boston Marathon Explosions Update

Co-host Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Adam Davidson about the latest on the Boston Marathon explosions.


We continue now with our coverage of the two explosions today at the Boston Marathon. At least three people were killed and more than 100 injured by the blasts. Terrorism investigators are on the scene. President Obama spoke earlier. He said this: Make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.

NPR's Adam Davidson is in Boston and he joins me now. And Adam, you were at the command center of the Westin Copley Center Hotel that's been set up for police and city officials to brief reporters. What have you been hearing?

ADAM DAVIDSON, BYLINE: Yeah, I'm standing - right now, I am absolutely surrounded by men in Army fatigues. I see a whole bunch of ATF agents, a bunch of ICE agents. The immigration folks just came in. I've seen Secret Service agents, lots and lots of Boston police. Every few minutes, it seems like dozens more arrive. Just a few minutes ago, I saw Senator Elizabeth Warren walking through. The governor's been all over here and it is just a massive, massive response.

This is where they're trying to figure out what exactly happened and what to do next.

BLOCK: The hotel, I would imagine would have been packed with a lot of runners who were staying there, people in town either to run the race or to watch the race. Have you been talking to any of them?

DAVIDSON: Yeah, the second floor of the command center, the first floor is just overrun with hundreds and hundreds of runners. They've been slowly able to leave. They've been somewhat trapped here. Their hotels have been - many of their hotels have been closed off and so many of the streets have been closed off and it's been very emotional. I spent much of the afternoon talking to all sorts of runners.

I was with one man who was seeing his wife for the first time in several hours and they just started hugging each other and crying. That's actually a scene I caught several different times, people clinging to each other, crying. I talked to one man, a runner from Oklahoma named David Wray,(ph) who told me he finished the race, he was feeling great. He came to this hotel, went up to his room, high up, and that's when he heard an explosion.

DAVID WRAY: And I immediately went to the TV to turn on the local news and there was nothing on there. But I called my wife, which is at home in Oklahoma, and let her know that I was fine. That they shouldn't be scared. But we still had friends out on the roads and we couldn't get a hold of them because the cell phone reception was so bad. But we have heard from everybody and everybody was OK.

BLOCK: Oh, that's really hard to listen to, Adam, and it's so reminiscent after 9/11 when it was so hard to get phone calls through and everybody really desperately wanted to be able to let their families know if they were OK, that they were OK.

DAVIDSON: Yeah. Absolutely. That has been the scene here, people not able to find their loved ones and even sometimes people who had been able to text but not talk. And so when they were able to actually see, for example, that husband and wife I saw, they weren't able to text with each other, but it was that actual seeing each other that moved them, that made them cry, made them so emotional.

BLOCK: OK. NPR's Adam Davidson in Boston with the latest details on the twin explosions after the Boston Marathon today. Two people confirmed dead, at least 87 injured. Adam, thank you very much.

DAVIDSON: Thank you, Melissa.

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