With the extensive preliminary investigations and controversies surrounding several factors of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier in April, many questions are in the minds of law officials, terrorist experts, sports participants and the residents of Boston and cities nationwide. Public events like marathons are a breeding ground for masses of people, yet no one suspected such an event would occur in one of the country’s most historic cities at one of the most renowned annual events. We know now that hundreds were injured and lost limbs, young people died, and others were left wondering exactly what happened at an event that normally brings together top athletes and their families taking part in the festivities.
As a result of this tragic event, it’s been publicized that security measures will be heightened at other marathons and public venues for months, or even years, to come. Travelers who may be further inconvenienced by longer waits in line can also be assured that their safety will continue to be in the forefront. Experts are trained to be aware of actions and conditions that might predict a bombing when they have a suspect on their immediate radar, but what about the common person? Is there a way to know that a bomb scare or attack will occur? What should you do when a bomb scare happens at your place of employment or your child’s school?
Bomb scares are not always a cause for panic if one knows what to do. Through the direction of specially trained professionals, there are some actions that a bomb squad will communicate in an effort to keep everyone safe and out of the line of fire. For instance, you may be instructed to:
- Move away from the threatened area. (While not advised, we witnessed the kindness of others when we learned that many spectators ran toward the areas of the Boston bombing in an effort to heroically help those who were injured.)
- Leave it to experts to determine the validity of the scare; don’t quickly assume it’s a hoax or, conversely, an immediate threat.
- Never try to detonate a bomb yourself if you have found one, or suspect that you found what looks like an explosive device.
- Never use lighters, electrical equipment, or machinery around an area where a suspected bomb is located.
- Do your best to remember the scene or recall anyone you may have seen at the time, before or after the bomb or the threat. We have seen the public images of the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing, which surfaced immediately from others who had cameras on hand taking photos of their loved ones at the event.
- Stay calm, particularly in the presence of children.
If you or someone you know was injured at the Boston Marathon bombing, or other area where a bomb was located, the event could be more serious than meets the eye. National and city officials are just a few of those who will be contacted by your attorney, in addition to witnesses, medical personnel and those who may have known about the attack. It is in your best interest to seek legal counsel immediately with a firm who can best handle a personal injury or death lawsuit.