A source says the explosives were put in 6-liter kitchen pressure cookers, hidden in black duffel bags and left on the ground.
Pressure cookers scare the crap out of me.
The question that's been bugging me is how the **** no one noticed these things. A 6 liter pressure cooker is pretty large. I'd like to know where they were placed. Were they inside the stores where the explosions seemed to come from, or just placed against the fronts but still on the street? And again, how the **** does no one notice this? The first one was literally right at the end point of the run, where there were lots of security and folks working the marathon. It's just amazing to me that not one, but two such devices could be placed there and not be seen.
6 Quart is the small size pressure cooker. CLICK4PIC
. Remove the handle and it wouldn't look like anything more than a pile of books in a backpack. But there were two.
It's still pretty large though. I think that picture is the 4 qt one, so the size comparison is off a bit. We're talking about something that's nearly a foot in diameter and solid. It's going to look a lot more bulky than a bag with books in it, and frankly, why would someone have a bag with books in it at a marathon? I could see packs with water bottles or some such, but we're basically talking about a large metal pot inside a bag. How did someone just walk over to the area right near the finish line, carrying something like that, set it down behind where everyone was and then walk away and no one noticed? The area where the first explosion happened also looked to be behind
a security barrier as well (at least some kind of fence thingie). I have no clue how security was set up, but I'd expect that the area right in front of the finish line would be more secure than some random point on the street, and it looked like there were a lot of cops around.
Obviously, someone *did* manage to do this. It's just surprising that they weren't spotted. I'd think that "big bulky duffle bag with something large and solid in it" would be incredibly out of place at a foot race. Enough so that you'd think someone would pay attention and perhaps notice when said person with the out of place bag sets it down and walks away. I'm kinda hoping someone saw something I guess.