Boston Library Fire May Be Unrelated to Bombs
Police are investigating, but any link to marathon is unclear
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
An unidentified Boston Marathon runner is comforted as she cries in the aftermath of the explosions.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – It looks like a fire that broke out at Boston's JFK presidential library this afternoon might be a coincidence, not a third attack, reports the Boston Irish Reporter. Library officials say that the fire broke out in the mechanical room of the building's new wing and that everybody is safe, reports the Washington Post. "Any tie to Boston Marathon explosions is pure speculation," says a library statement. Boston Police Chief Ed Davis initially said authorities were treating the incident as related to the marathon attacks, but the department later tweeted that reports linking them "could be premature."

In his press conference, Davis urged Bostonians to stay inside, and asked visitors to return to their hotels. If people do go outside, he asked them not to congregate in large groups. Other developments out of Boston:

  • Cell phone service is spotty, but the big providers say that's only because of heavy usage, reports Fox News. Various news outlets reported earlier that police asked providers to shut down service to guard against the remote detonation of bombs. Verizon and Sprint say they got no such requests. (Mashable has more on the bandwidth issues.)
  • Flights have resumed at Logan International Airport after the FAA lifted a temporary ground stop, reports USA Today.
  • The NHL has postponed tonight's Bruins game, reports AP.

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Apr 16, 2013 1:20 AM CDT
Dozens of issues going forward for marathons. There are already security layers in place of most civic events. It will mean a change in access to some areas. Sure any volunteer can get a pass but will they be able to carry in a drink cooler going forward? How about anyone carrying in unchecked bags? What scares me are children's marathons included in most larger marathons. They usually run ahead of the main marathon and are limited to under 2 miles. You want their route to be secure. What about relay points where hundreds of people congregate. Security will have to be established for that area where people wait for their runner to appear. Can we park our cars close to the course anymore? Will all people getting close to the course have to pass through security? Will all volunteers have to undergo a records check?
Apr 16, 2013 12:17 AM CDT
England's marathon will be just fine with no problems.What happened in Boston is an American Nightmare brought on by Americans.The symbolism is UNBELIEVABLE!!!.The Boston Tea Party,Patriots Day , JFK.It doesn't take an Einstien to figure out who is responsible for this!!!! I hope they BURN IN HELL for turning an incredible day of accomplishment for soooo many people into a day of horror!!!! People have trained so hard to be in a marathon and to have THEIR DAY ruined is UNBELIEVABLE!!!! SOMEBODY IS GONNA FRY FOR THIS !!!
Apr 15, 2013 10:03 PM CDT
I am sure if it was 78 years old grandma, she would be on floor with TSA agent's all over her.