2013 Boston Marathon Explosion: Official Information Sources

Following today’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, social media channels were immediately swamped with reports, graphic images and videos from the scene. Race officials immediately held runners on course, and canceled the rest of the event.

During tragic events like this, it’s hard to determine what’s official and real information until it is verified by law enforcement. Until then, people are searching for the status of runners while cell networks are overloaded and/or shut down due to on-going security concerns. Family/friends of runners have been able to use checkpoint tracking to see if they’d been stopped prior to reaching the final mile and locations of the explosions.

Here are the official resources we know of so far:

Google

Google quickly added a person finder here: http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions

Google Person Finder  Boston Marathon Explosions

YouTube

YouTube has created a playlist dedicated to official information about the explosions. It currently includes President Obama’s recent address about what happened, along with videos from both national and Boston-area news outlets.

Twitter

Facebook

Other Resources: 

On behalf of Third Door Media, our thoughts are with those injured or affected by today’s events.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/fran.klasinski Fran Klasinski

    The fear is the rumors about who is responsible. More harm than good comes from assuming in a tragic time like this. Keep a good head, a closed mouth and sift carefully before you commit to more harm. Love and prayers to families caught up in this horror.

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