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Boston PD asks Marathon crowd to turn off cellphones to prevent accidental detonations

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Boston PD asks Marathon crowd to turn off cellphones to prevent accidental detonations
In the wake of the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon this afternoon, killing 2 and injuring over 100, officials were so worried that another bomb would be accidentally set off, that they went into restaurants and hotels where people were holed up asking them to turn off their cellphones. The fear was that a bomb could have been rigged to go off from a cellphone signal. At one time, a rumor spread that cellphone service had been shutdown in the city, although this was later denied. AT&T sent out a text message telling its customers in Boston to use text messages to communicate emergency situations rather than by dialing the phone. Verizon and Sprint officials denied that their service was shut down in Boston although a Sprint spokesman said, "Minus some mild call blocking on our Boston network due to increased traffic, our service is operating normally."

Once again, it was mobile social networks that played an important role in spreading the word of this tragedy. First reports that an explosion had taken place at the Boston Marathon came from tweets sent out by eyewitnesses. Pictures on Instagram showed runners crossing the finish line before the terrible explosions were heard. And of course, cellphones were able to bring the story right to your local television by those snapping pictures with their handset or using them to be interviewed by the media.

source: AP

Two explosions rock the Boston Marathon

Two explosions rock the Boston Marathon


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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 17:36 26

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 11943; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Very sad event my prayers are with the victims

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:35 11

6. ImHungry (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


why would somebody thumbs down your comment. wtf

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:37 6

8. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Because darkjedi just sucks THAT much lol. He could offer to PayPal ebveryone on the site $50 and STILL get 90% thumbs down. He's just THAT bad of a poster.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:57 7

12. Penny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


So you can't put your differences aside for something like this?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 19:19 1

14. Droiddoes (unregistered)


No, he's still awful and I highly doubt this will change that.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:01 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 11943; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Penny I'm so unconcerned with droiddoes. What happened in Boston really hurts my heart, I hate to see people harmed hopefully they find the bombers quickly and serve justice.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:02

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 11943; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Stupidity has a way of rearing its ugly head. I hope the death toll doesn't rise. Sad day this is

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:01 10

2. Penny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Hard to fathom what kind of instability or mental state would allow a man to willfully take another man's life. Just can't understand it.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:31

4. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


They don't know if it was a domestic attack or a foreign attack yet. If its a foreign attack then its not considered instability/mental issues. Right now the main suspect is a man from Saudi Arabia.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:35 3

7. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Just because they're foreign doesn't mean they're NOT mentally unstable. Anyone who willfully targets civilians, no matter their political inclinations, has something seriously wrong with them.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:41 3

9. Penny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Even if it's a foreign terrorist, I just can't imagine how somebody can want to do something like this. There is no rational reason great enough.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:06 1

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sad when due dirty deed of government, suffers ordinary people. :(

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:33 4

5. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


...what?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:47 2

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


he's probably one of those conspiracy theorists that think the government is behind this.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:58

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No, I don't want to say that the government is behind all this. But it is a nothing new that in one or another way governments tend to set upon a bad blood between different nations.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 18:42 1

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm sorry about my premature conclusions, because we still don't know who did that and what was the motivation to do that. Anyway, sad things in our world are happening. :(

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:37 2

19. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Just STFU. Please.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:51

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Thanks, but no. Keep your STFU for yourself.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 20:33 1

15. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


So sad

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 21:35 1

18. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


What a very sad day. Thoughts go on to the passed and injured. Boston is such a great city.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 22:28 1

20. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Geez......are the bombers out of their minds? They ruined the good ol' Boston, how dare they?

I hope everyone is ok in there! :)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 23:34 1

21. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


very sad in deed, we have humans with hearts of hyenas! my condolences to all the victims :-/

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