While itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too early to answer many of the questions arising from twin explosions at yesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Boston Marathon, what we do know is that three people are dead and more than 140 injured in the bombings.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, all those injured and their families.
The Boston Globe reports that much of Back Bay is locked down to protect the crime scene and the investigation underway is being directed by the FBI.
Boston.comÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Big Picture has images of the scene at the finish line of the marathon.
Right now, it appears the White House is describing the incident as a potential terrorist attack.
A Politico.com article cites a White House official saying:
Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror. However, we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet know who carried out this attack, and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic.Ã¢â‚¬
Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) president Dr Robert Hartwig narrowly missed the blasts after watching his son cross the finish line of the marathon more than an hour earlier.
In an interview with PC360, Dr Hartwig said it was too soon to know the insurance implications of the event, but it looked like damage to property was light. Dr. Hartwig added that injured public safety and marathon workers would certainly be covered by workers compensation.
An I.I.I. advisory suggestsÃ‚ reporters with questions about the potential insurance implications of the Boston Marathon explosions contact Dr. Hartwig.
Check out the I.I.I. website for further updates.