Federal officials say an act of terrorism yesterday resulted in two bombs detonating near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. During a celebratory Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, the city of Boston was wracked by the two explosions, which killed three people and injured more than 170. Almost three-quarters of the 23,000 runners who participated in the Boston Marathon had already crossed the finish line when a bomb that had apparently been placed in a garbage can exploded just before 3:00 p.m. yesterday. A second bomb exploded several hundred feet away just 13 seconds later.
For Jo-an Lantz, executive vice president of Counselor Top 40 distributor Geiger (asi/202900), the experience was incredibly harrowing. Lantz actually worked as a member of the security team at the race's starting line, but her son, Jake, was near the finish line shortly before the bombs went off. "I was just sick to my stomach. I was worried about my son and other friends who were in the race," Lantz told Counselor this morning. "I was very worried and couldn't get accurate information in any kind of timely way. Jake was fine, but it really was a harrowing day."
Supplier firm Hub Pen (asi/61966), based just outside of Boston, experienced the news from a very personal perspective – one of the company's employees has a son who was injured in the attacks and another employee's neighbor was killed. "Yesterday was a scary day and we were all taken aback," said Lee Cullen, Hub's sales and marketing coordinator. "Everyone knows people who go downtown for the race or the baseball game. So, when news of the bombs came, it was very nervous time for people as they tried to contact family and friends."
Ross Silverstein, CEO of Counselor Top 40 distributor iPROMOTEu (asi/232119), which is based in the suburbs of Boston, said the news hit him rather hard yesterday, even though he was out of town on business. "Like many from this area, I am a Bostonian to the core," Silverstein said. "Not only do I love this city, but Patriots' Day is an unusually special day for the city. It is the unofficial start of spring and a true celebration. In light of all this, I feel somewhat violated. I feel that a portion of all this goodness was taken from us yesterday."
Charles River Apparel (asi/44620), a supplier firm based in the Greater Boston area, sent a tweet out this morning that summed up the thoughts of many in the community: "Our thoughts go out to those touched in yesterday's tragedy. This is a time for Bostonians to come together & stay strong. #prayforboston."