– Pressure cookers stuffed with explosives, nails and ball bearings, and concealed in black nylon backpacks, were used to kill and maim at the Boston Marathon.
Investigators combing through the grim aftermath of the deadly attack have found evidence that timing devices were used to detonate the bombs that ripped through race spectators.
Working with fragments painstakingly gathered at what is considered the city’s largest-ever crime scene, they also determined that the two bombs were probably fashioned from six-litre pressure cookers, filled with nails and small ball bearings, to increase the carnage.
Extra police patrols roamed eerily quiet streets yesterday, while other law enforcement officials started reviewing videos and photos – frame by frame – of one of the most photographed events in the world.
The FBI so far has collected 10 terabytes of CCTV, video and photos – the equivalent of 6000 movies – to review in their hunt for the bomber.
FBI bomb experts will try to rebuild the devices from fragments that include a circuit board that indicated the bombs were detonated on a timer, rather than remote control.
Horrified doctors yesterday told of treating some of the more than 180 injured, who were aged between two and 71, including nine children. Some had dozens of nails and metal fragments embedded in their bodies and 13 lost at least one limb.
Massachusetts General Hospital chief trauma surgeon George Velmahos said up to 40 nails or sharp objects were removed from some victims.
US President Barack Obama will attend a service in boston tomorrow to commemorate the three spectators killed – eight-year-old Martin Richard, restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, and student Lu Lingzi, 23, from China.
The FBI vowed to “go to the ends of the earth” to find those responsible for “this despicable crime”.
Photographs of the twisted metal cookers and shredded black bags were released yesterday, as it emerged the Department of Homeland Security warned of the devices in 2010.
Authorities appeared to have no suspects yesterday after raiding the home of a Saudi student who they said was a witness, not a suspect.
About a 1000 people gathered at a vigil for Martin Richard yesterday and the Boston Red Sox dedicated their win against the Cleveland Indians to their city – Gemma Jones


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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