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

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


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22 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very sad event my prayers are with the victims

6. ImHungry

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

why would somebody thumbs down your comment. wtf

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.

12. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

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

14. Droiddoes unregistered

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

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

2. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

4. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

9. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

...what?

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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. :(

19. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Just STFU. Please.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Thanks, but no. Keep your STFU for yourself.

15. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

So sad

18. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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! :)

21. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

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