Boston Commuters Try To Get Back To Normal

Apr 16, 2013
Originally published on April 16, 2013 2:04 pm



This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.


And I'm Steve Inskeep, good morning. All through this morning we've been listening to NPR correspondents in Boston, here in Washington and elsewhere, trying to learn the latest about the Boston Marathon attacks. Two improvised explosive devices that killed three people and wounded, we're now told, far more than 150 people yesterday. NPR's Jeff Brady is one of the correspondents who's been covering this story. He's in the Back Bay area of Boston, not far from where the attacks took place. Hi jeff.

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Good morning.

INSKEEP: As someone who's been living the story, now, for most of the last 24 hours - most of the last 24 hours - what did you learn listening to that news conference earlier this morning - Governor Deval Patrick, FBI officials, others talking?

BRADY: One of the most interesting things that they said, they confirmed that they have no suspects in custody right now. That was the - the authorities said that at the press conference. Of course they're continuing their investigation, they expect to keep the blast site closed for a few more days. That was a very large area, they're slowly shrinking that area as they, sort of, cleared different areas of the investigation site. One key point that Governor Deval Patrick made - he said that there were no unexploded devices found. Now that was contrary to some rumors that were out there floating around, that seven other devices had been found. That's not true. There were just the two that exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

Also, very touching comments from Boston Mayor Tom Menino. He began his comments by saying that terror was brought to Boston. He said the city grieves for a little boy from Dorchester, and he said, quote, "this is a tragedy, Boston is a strong city. And then FBI Special Agent In Charge, Rick DesLauriers, he said they're asking anyone who may have taken photos or video, or any media near that finish line to pass along that information to the FBI. They said, even if you don't think the information is important, the FBI might find it valuable.

INSKEEP: Well, now that is a sign that of how determined authorities are to find some clues, some lead here, Jeff Brady, because normally, that would mostly be noise. You almost wouldn't want people to say too much, but in this case they're begging for more.

BRADY: Yeah. Absolutely. They want to see every piece of information that anyone might have. Boston's police chief said this is going to be the most complex crime scene his city - his department has ever investigated before. They are looking for anything they can find at this point. All the way down to pictures and videos that someone has on their cell phone.

INSKEEP: Well, where exactly are you, Jeff Brady?

BRADY: We are right in front of the Back Bay Transit Station. We've been sitting here all morning. We, kind of, wanted to see the mood among commuters among as they were going on the trains this morning. And this is just a few blocks from where the explosions took place. The closest transit station is the only one in the city that's closed, everything else open. And traffic has been pretty light. I found myself walking across a four lane road this morning. The sidewalks - not a lot of traffic, pedestrians on the sidewalks. But we talked to quite a few people and there's, sort of, this theme emerging among those people, that they were determined to go about their day today. They wanted to go to work, they didn't want to let these explosions change the plans that they had for the day.

INSKEEP: OK. Thanks very much. That's NPR's Jeff Brady. He's in Boston where we'll continue covering this story. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.