Hello penguins. Green Ninja here with a pretty serious topic. One year ago today…
Patriots’ Day, April 15, 2013, the annual Boston Marathon in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, United States began without any indications of an imminent attack. Officials swept the area for bombs twice before the explosions; the second sweep occurred one hour before the bombs went off. People were able to come and go freely, and carry bags and items in and out of the area. At 2:49 pm EDT (18:49 UTC), about two hours after the winner crossed the finish line, but with more than 5,700 runners yet to finish, two bombs detonated on Boylston Street near Copley Square about 210 yards (190 m) apart, just before the finish line. The first exploded outside Marathon Sports at 671–673 Boylston Street at 2:49:43 pm EDT. At the time of the first explosion, the race clock at the finish line showed 04:09:43, reflecting the elapsed time since the Wave 3 start at 10:40 am EDT. The second bomb exploded at 2:49:57 pm EDT, about 13 seconds later and one block farther west at 755 Boylston Street.
The blasts blew out windows on adjacent buildings but did not cause any structural damage. Some runners continued to cross the line until 2:57 pm EDT, 8 minutes after the explosions. After the event, three people wee reported dead and over 300 injured. The perpetrators? Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. After a gruesome manhunt in Watertown, MA, Tamerlan was reported dead, and Dzhokhar hid in backyard underneath a boat, wounded. A year later, and Dzhokhar is still awaiting a trial.
Earlier today, a moment of silence was held for those who were injured or lost their lives during this vicious attack. Why is this whole topic so important to me? I, Green Ninja, live in Massachusetts. I hope you take the time to appreciate the people who have been fighting for the past year. I sure did.
On a lighter note, The Spoiler Alert will be returning on April 28!
Megg has posted on the blog info about one of the upcoming Puffle Tricks: Instant Dig! This kind of ruins the point of Puffle Digging, but whatever.