Witnessing Boston’s Mass Casualty Event 365

(Several additional photos of the finish line bombing aftermath have been added to the latter portion of the essay.-JT, 4/27/13)

“For the most part we do not first see, and then define,” Walter Lippmann observed in 1921, “we define first and then see. In the great blooming, buzzing confusion of the outer world we pick out what our culture has already defined for us, and we tend to perceive that which we have picked out in the form stereotyped for us by our culture.”[1]

A founding member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Lippmann looked with suspicion to the potential dangers the hopelessly uninformed public posed in the unfolding “Great Society.”

Along these lines, a veteran hypnotherapist and mind control expert interviewed in 2001 by investigative journalist Jon Rappoport observes,

The media gives you the illusion that you are seeing something. That’s the billion‐dollar key to mind control … 90% of all the mind control in the world is done by the media, and it is all based on the viewer or the reader never seeing anything really beyond the surface of what is presented.”[2]

What exactly took place on April 15 at the Boston Marathon is unclear, yet what is now evident is a stark divergence between the narrative description of excessive carnage meted out as a result of the explosive devices and at least a portion of the video and photographic documentation of the bombing itself.

The corporate media proceeded in lockstep with dutifully propagating the authorized narrative of a combat-like environment at the marathon finish line. “Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Monday night that the death toll had risen to three,” CNN told its viewers.

Scores were injured at the scene. One of the dead was an 8-year-old boy, according to a state law enforcement source. Hospitals reported at least 144 people are being treated, with at least 17 of them in critical condition and 25 in serious condition. At least eight of the patients are children. At least 10 people injured had limbs amputated, according to a terrorism expert briefed on the investigation. Several of the patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital suffered injuries to lower limbs that will require “serial operations” in the coming days, trauma surgeon Peter Fagenholz said Monday night. Some injuries were so severe amputations were necessary, Fagenholz added.[3]

Much like the 24-hour cable news coverage, more prestigious venues such as the New York Times provided a graphic account alongside disturbing images of the aftermath, under the April 16 headline, “BLASTS AT BOSTON MARATHON KILL 3 AND INJURE 100.”

“These runners just finished and they don’t have legs now,” said Roupen Bastajian, 35, a Rhode Island state trooper and former Marine. “So many of them. there are so many people without legs. It’s all blood. There’s blood everywhere. You got bones, fragments. It’s disgusting … We put tournquets on,” Mr. Bastajian said. “I tied at least five, six legs with tourniquets.”[4]

Testimony in the newspaper of record from another eyewitness relates similarly gory details.

Deidre Hatfield, 27, was steps away from the finish line when she heard a blast. She saw bodies flying out into the street. She saw a couple of children who appeared lifeless. She saw people without legs. “When the bodies landed around me I thought: Am I burning? Maybe I’m burning and I don’t feel it,” Ms. Hatfield said … She looked inside a Starbucks to her left, where she thought a blast might have occurred. “What was so eerie, you looked in you knew there had to be 100 people in there, but there was no sign of movement.”[5]

The country’s commander-in-chief then publicly confirmed how the federal government would avenge the violence and bloodshed.

President Obama, speaking at the White House, vowed to bring those responsible for the blast to justice. “We will get to the bottom of this,” the president said. “We will find who did this, and we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”[6]

Does a compelling description of a terrorist attack replete with “eyewitness accounts” of the terrifying scene and official pronouncements constitute an actual event? The available video evidence reveals an explosion occurring at 2:50PM across Boylston Street from the finish line bleachers, the exact point where the national media’s camera lenses were transfixed. The abundant media presence alongside personal cellphone cameras have provided abundant footage of the event and its immediate aftermath.


As with previous terrorist bombings, one must ask whether the ordnance described by police is in fact capable of wreaking the havoc that it purportedly caused. In 9/11 and Oklahoma City, for example, subsequent investigation indicated that jet engine fuel and a sizable ANFO bomb by themselves could not have caused the structural damage to the World Trade Center Towers and Murrah Federal Building respectively.

Available video of the first bomb detonating at the Marathon finish line suggests a direct upward discharge rather than the horizontal dispersion that would have wreaked the havoc to lower limbs so widely reported in physicians’ statements.

Moreover, the fact that whole pieces of the pressure cookers were produced by police further points to a more channeled dispersal of the bombs’ force–indeed, one that may not have involved a broad lateral distribution of shrapnel.[7]

A piece of one of the Boston Marathon 2013 bombs, believed to be a pressure cooker, that was discovered the day after the April 15, 2013 explosion.

Along these lines, despite the seemingly formidable explosions very few bodies and no severed limbs are observable on the ground, even though there are indeed several people exhibiting bewilderment and apparent injuries.

In short, the event closely resembles a mass-casualty drill, which for training purposes are designed to be as lifelike as possible. Since it is mediated, however, and primarily experienced from afar through the careful assemblage of words, images, and the official pronouncements and commentary of celebrity journalists, it has the semblance of being for all practical purposes “real.”

Below is footage of a “mass casualty exercise” conducted at the Community College of Aurora in Colorado that includes explanation and commentary from emergency drill and response experts coordinating the event.


Here is another video of a similar drill shot at Bagram military base in Afghanistan produced by US Army personnel .


Still another produced by North Florida Community College’s Public Safety Academy simulates an accident involving a two-vehicle accident resulting in an overturned school bus and injured occupants.


This brief news report profiles “Strategic Operations,” a private military training company offering “hyper-realistic” combat simulation complete with amputee actors.


Reports arising in the Boston bombing’s aftermath suggest how local authorities in possible coordination with the Department of Homeland Security were in the process of carrying out such drills, complete with the announcement of bombs being detonated and bomb-sniffing dogs present at the start and finish lines.

For example, University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, found it unusual how there were bomb sniffing dogs at the event’s start and finish lines. “They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,” Stevenson remarked.[8]

Alternative news media have also pointed to the presence of what appear to be private military contractors in matching civilian apparel operating in coordination with an unmarked SUV close to the Marathon finish line. Identically-dressed men are observable before the bomb blasts in the immediate proximity of where the first bomb exploded and across the street thereafter.[9]

With the above in mind, photographic evidence of the event suggests the possibility of play actors getting into position after the detonation of what may in fact have been a smoke bomb or similarly benign explosive. The photo album from which the following photos are taken is available here. Additional photos may be found at cryptome.org.

Viewing at the immediate bomb blast from the following angle, one can see a dearth of people where the explosive is set off, suggesting how the immediate area may have been cleared before detonation.

Further, there is whispy smoke with no sign of any shrapnel piercing the smoke, the race sideline fabric, or anything outside of the sidewalk perimeter.

If this is the case the highly-circulated photo showing an orange-hued “fireball” explosion may have been embellished.


‘The first two photos taken from a surveillance camera and published on cryptome.org show the fist moments following the initial blast at the finish line.

[Two photo images removed on 9/20/14 at the request of photographer Ben Thorndike.]
The photo below shows what appears to be either a man with his legs blown off or an amputee with his stump curled around the head of a woman. A man in a “hoodie” jacket is also sitting upright behind the woman. The injured man or amputee, later identified in major media outlets as Jeff Bauman Jr.[10] who also participated in helping the FBI identify the alleged bombers,[11] appears preoccupied with something in his hands that are close to his face. This is unusual behavior for a man who has just sustained a severely traumatic and mortal injury.


The fourth and fifth photos show the man wearing the hoodie garment apparently helping the injured man/amputee with his right leg. Could he be removing this man’s prosthetic?

blast 7


In the above photos and succession below, the black woman appears to be looking at and signalling with her left hand to someone off-camera. Momentarily this woman will be wholly unconscious and transported out on a gurney.

In the subsequent photos Bauman joins the woman, making an identical gesture with his right hand in unison.


The next two photos are especially unusual given the apparent sequence of events: the amputee is lying on the ground still unattended after the less-severely wounded black woman is taken away by emergency response workers on a gurney. Others, such as the man sporting the hoodie, having likewise sustained far less serious injuries, appear to be among the first to be carted away to receive medical attention.


amputee 3

The use of a wheelchair to aid and transport an individual with such severe injuries–who amazingly is still conscious and discharging little-if-any blood–runs counter to common emergency medical procedure.


Much is still unknown about the tragic bombing to draw any concrete conclusions. However, much like 9/11, Oklahoma City, Aurora, and Newtown, an official storyline complete with the execution and/or capture of bad-guy culprits has been forged and vigorously drummed into the public mind.

In the law enforcement panic that followed martial law was declared and militarized police were unleashed in a paradoxical attempt to reestablish the order that was disrupted through their own incompetence or coordinated intent, another startling flash of the police state’s sharp fangs.

The upshot will be a continued program of more intensified repression at taxpayer expense alongside a corresponding erosion of civil liberties. All the while, future terror-inducing events magnified through the corporate news media’s falsifying prism reinforce our cursed tendency to welcome the illusion—to define first, and then see.


[1] Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion, New York: New Press, 1979 (1922).

[2] Jon Rappoport, “Jon Rappoport Interviews Jack True (alias),” March 23, 2001. In Jon Rappoport, The Matrix Revealed Vol. 1 (CD), 2012, http://nomorefakenews.com/

[3] Josh Levs and Monti Plott, “Boy, 8, One of Three Killed in Bombings at Boston Marathon,” CNN.com, April 18, 2013.

[4] Tim Rohan, “War Zone at Mile 26; ‘So Many People Without Legs,'” New York Times, April 16, 2013.

[5] Ibid.

[6] John Eligon and Michael Cooper, “Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill 3 and Injure 100,” New York Times, April 16, 2013.

[7] Jon Rappoport, “Is the Boston Pressure Cooker Bomb a Lie and a Hoax?Jon Rappoport’s Blog, April 17, 2013.

[8] John Dzenitis, “UM Coach: Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters on Roof Before Explosion,” NBC Local15, April 15, 2013.

[9] Tony Cartalucci, “Contractors at Boston Marathon Stood Near Bomb, Left Before Detonation,” Infowars.com, April 19, 2013.

[10] Connor Adams Sheets, “Meet Jeff Bauman,” International Business Times, April 16, 2013.

[11] Katherine Bindley, “Jeff Bauman, Double Amputee, May have Helped FBI With Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation,” Huffington Post, April 19, 2013.

-James F. Tracy
-Andrew Whooley contributed ideas and research for this article. Mr. Whooley is an independent researcher originally from New Zealand who resides in Perth, WA, Australia.

Republished at GlobalResearch.ca on April 22, 2013.

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  1. Some points to consider:

    1. Do United States public safety agencies conduct regular disaster preparedness drills? Do these drills ever include “crisis actors” and realistic maiming, death, blood and guts scenarios? YES.




    2. Has a such a disaster drill ever been conducted during the Boston Marathon? YES, in 2008 for sure.


    3. Was Boston preparing ahead of time for safety in 2013? YES.


    Although the running of the 2013 Boston Marathon does not take place until April, scores of local,
    state and federal agencies responsible for the health and safety of the 27,000 runners and hundreds
    of thousand spectators are taking the initial steps to prepare for the event. MEMA has already begun
    hosting these multi-jurisdictional meetings at the SEOC in Framingham. MEMA will again serve as
    the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) for the 117th running of the race on Patriots Day. As
    steps are being taken by the many state and local public safety, medical, transportation and volunteer
    agencies and organizations, there are no significant changes in this year’s event.


    On March 14th, the SEOC hosted the annual pre-Boston Marathon Tabletop Exercise. Scores of
    liaisons from the eight communities that host the race (Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick,
    Newton, Brookline and Boston), state, federal, private and volunteer public safety, health, 3
    communication, transportation agencies and organizations worked through a number of challenging
    scenarios. This event is always excellent preparation for those who are going to be part of the MultiAgency Coordination Center (MACC) at MEMA HQ, for this year’s 117th Boston Marathon.

    4. Was there a scheduled disaster drill during the 2013 Boston Marathon? IF SO, this could explain the confusion in regard to the many photos being shared all over the internet. Some may be real and others only drill photos.


    Dry Run Disaster Gone Live? http://lewrockwell.com/orig14/bowser1.1.1.html

    If there was a scheduled disaster drill during the 2013 Boston Marathon, what really happened?!

    Who planned and carried out the wicked bombing?

    If it was only planned and carried out by two “loners” then all the millions of dollars of sophisticated training and technology invested by government agencies to prevent a disaster at the Boston Marathon was a cruel and hideous failure.

    Thanks to everyone who is trying to figure out what really happened.

  2. She really dared to say this?!

    The Republican state rep from New Hampshire Stella Tremblay of New Hampshire said on April 19 that the Boston Marathon twin bombings and subsequent search for suspects was a plot by the US federal government.

    “The Boston Marathon was a Black Ops terrorist attack,” said Tremblay, calling the official account of the incident suspicious.


  3. I would never have considered looking at scene photos critically but numerous questions arise. For one, in the 2nd last photo of the piece (right hand side) can anyone tell me what that line taped to the person’s jeans is ?

  4. A few more observations and speculations:

    – The Daily Mail released photos supposedly showing the Tsarnaev brothers on the night of the carjacking, from security cameras in convenience stores/gas stations. The one supposedly showing Dzhokhar with the hijacking victim’s bank card clearly shows a young man in a yellow bicycle helmet (described as a “grey cap”): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313489/Boston-bomber-Dzhokhar-Tsarnaev-seen-using-stolen-ATM-card-cash-new-surveillance-images.html

    – A search on PeopleSmart suggests that Sean Collier, the MIT Campus Police officer shot in his car, actually did not exist. There is a 26-year-old named Ryan Collier living in Massachusetts who also goes by the name of Sean, but he does not seem to be the same person – at least, his eyebrows look entirely different from those in the photos of the police officer.

    – I was struck by a press conference featuring a smiling, happy Heather Abbott, one of the amputees. She and her doctor, Eric Bluman, an Iraq war veteran, delivered what appeared to be an infomercial for her new artificial foot. A bit of searching reveals that the world’s top bionic prosthetic companies are: Germany’s Otto Bock, Iceland’s Ossur, and… iWalk – a company based in Bedford, Mass. (a town 20 miles from Boston), and led by an MIT professor. Their sole product is a bionic lower leg system: http://www.iwalk.com/iwalkstory.html. Is there a connection?

    • Actually, a friend of mine pointed out to me that Sean Collier, aged 27 (not 26) is listed on PeopleSmart as living in Wilmington, MA and possibly related to Andrew and Jennifer Collier, who are named in news reports as siblings of the MIT police officer. So – I was wrong about Sean Collier not being listed on PeopleSmart.

      On the other hand, the Boston Globe’s childhood “family photo” of Sean with his siblings and stepsiblings (http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/22/sean-collier-family-share-their-stories/dtrqb0ajfZajr3SNuNzBKL/story.html) is clearly photoshopped. Notice how the shadows fall to the left on some faces (e.g. Andrew, bottom left) and to the right on others (e.g. Nicole, top left); Andrew’s face is overexposed, Jenn’s (bottom right) a bit underexposed. Based on their current ages (ranging from 25-32), Jenn should probably be about 8 years old in this picture; but look at the contrast between her face and her (much older-looking) body (notice that her arms are also a different colour from her face). Andrew also seems to have a shoulder as wide as his head. I don’t really have any hypotheses here – it could be as benign as that there was no family photo, and they wanted to create one – but it’s another one of those fictionalized details that seem to keep adding up.

      • Don’t know if you’ll see this so many days later. But I wonder why two sisters in the same family are named “Jenn” and “Jennifer” (I assume surnames are their present names). Jennifer Lemmerman’s dress looks a little old-fashioned – more like 1970’s actually. In fact the girls don’t look like my kids’ generation but a much earlier one. They dress like my younger siblings did who are now in their 40’s and 50’s.

  5. So if this conspiracy theory were true, ten thousand actors, amateur and professional photographers, videographers and sports spectators would have to be involved faking the evidence. All of them would also have to be 100% loyal to the conspiracy with no defectors coming forth to tell the “truth.” The organizations involved would have to include the gamut of news organizations from the right wing FOX news to the left wing Boston Globe, and non-profits like NPR.

    This false colors crap is much less believable than the evidence that two lone wolf terrorists set off two bombs, and then got involved in shoot outs when they tried to escape a few days later. Occam’s Razor should warn you that the simpler explanation is more likely to be correct.

    I also happen to know one of the victims, James Costello, who is still in the hospital recovering from shrapnel wounds. He works for Harvard University in the Science Center mailroom. This attack was very real.

    • Which attack? In other words, it would be helpful to know whether the acquaintance Mr. Costello was present at the site of the second bomb or the first. The distinction is significant since it appears that a number of violations of common EMT procedure took place at the first scene that make it suspect; there is limited photo or video documentation to confirm what took place at the second scene.

    • > So if this conspiracy theory were true

      the FBI conspiracy theory is, without doubt, the wackiest, tinfoil hat, loon conspiracy theory of them all. Especially now we know they spewed out a stream of lies to support their crazed imaginings.

      > So if this conspiracy theory were true, ten thousand actors, amateur and professional photographers, videographers and sports spectators would have to be involved faking the evidence

      Really? Is that what you imagine? I guess when it comes to what you imagine and what hard evidence there is (FBI lies, police lies, photographs of bags not matching, bloodless ampuptations) then reality is wrong.

    • I am the “supposed witness” to back up the gory details in the NYTimes. I at first was very angered by this blog because I am trying to heal from what happened and what I saw. If you don’t believe I am real, I am happy to provide all the proof in the world. Now that things have settled a little, I re-read this blog to try and keep an open perspective. As a player in your evidence that is was staged, I would at least appreciate the opportunity to be heard. I know what I saw. I can tell you the exact timeline of everything I saw and did. My coworker’s roommate was very good friends with Sean as well. So this network of conspiracists would really have to extend tremendously and count on nobody betraying it. If you told me that the govt planted them there and the bombs were real? Well, then we can talk. But I do know what I saw and heard.

  6. I am not sure how you think this is fake since I have family that was actually there and friends hurt in the explosion. THE VICTIMS ARE REAL!

    • Dear Ms. Georgene,

      Interesting turn of phrase “in the explosion.” You see, there were supposedly two explosions.

      Seeing how they are family and friends, could you please do some subtle interrogating to find out ~which~ of the two supposed explosions they were injured at? How badly? How badly were people nearby hurt?

      The working theory is that one was real and one was a staged drill.


  7. It’s also odd how the most complete video of the first explosion, from the Boston Globe, steadfastly avoids looking at the blast site. It shows a lot of footage of the nearby (broken and unbroken) windows, the big Canadian flag on the wall off to the right, and then a bit of people taking down the fence. As soon as the site is visible, the camera focuses on the ground, and the video ends. If the Boston Globe isn’t in on it, wouldn’t the blast site and the people working to get to it naturally be the focus of attention?

  8. A new thought to ponder. These staged events seem to be coming thick and fast, replete with frightening details. The internet must be massively abuzz with people examining photos, videos, and police scanner audio; debating, arguing, making friends and enemies over them. What’s the result? We’re all safely parked in front of our computers instead of out on the streets demonstrating against political and economic injustice. Those mass demonstrations of a unified commitment to justice – not the careful observations of people sitting alone at their computers – are the real threat to the people who are manipulating our governments and media. It may be that the sharp critical intelligence of the people contributing to this site (myself included) is being intentionally diverted from more effective pursuits. Maybe, having convinced ourselves that something is amiss here, we need to tear ourselves away from the frightening scenes and try to find common ground again, between those who believe the official story, and those who don’t (I’m one of these) – and focus on what unites us, and what we can actually achieve.

    • I highly agree with this comment. Let’s start a Facebook page for organizing the masses of those ready to peacefully protest anywhere in the USA. We can organize various cities through the page. Sound good?

      • > Let’s start a Facebook page for organizing the masses of those ready to peacefully protest anywhere in the USA.

        if you’re going to organize anything with political significance, it would be best to stay away from Facebook.

        • I agree. Facebook is a voluntary data mining arm of the police state. I urge people to cancel their accounts all the time.

      • Oops, yeah, mijj, you’re probably right about Facebook. Hmm. Got any better ideas?

    • Kyle Sainz > Let’s start a Facebook page for organizing the masses of those ready to peacefully protest anywhere in the USA.

      mijj > if you’re going to organize anything with political significance, it would be best to stay away from Facebook.

      Skeptical > Oops, yeah, mijj, you’re probably right about Facebook. Hmm. Got any better ideas?

      ummm .. unfortunately not.

      Maybe keep anything explicit off Facebook and instead refer to an external website for orgainization.

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  10. It’s ironic that this is being blamed on a couple of “Russian” kids, because to us Russia specialists, this sort of disinformation-strategy is straight out of the USSR playbook. In my experience, visiting and talking with the people of that region of the world, what apparently kept Soviet citizens sane for 70 or so years was their conviction that whatever they heard on the news was the direct opposite of the truth! They learned, for example, that the USSR had invaded Afghanistan, because they were told by Pravda (i.e., govt-controlled media) that the Afghan govt had “invited the Soviet military to enter their country.” They simply nverted the report, and then they knew they had the real story.

    The tactics used by their then-commie overlords are exactly what I’m seeing in use in Boston today. The sooner we accept that the govt is working hand-in-glove with the media here, feeding us a line to support their broader agenda, the sooner we’ll be restored to sanity… otherwise, we’ll just keep feeling like we’re losing our minds.

    • “Don’t believe anything until it’s been officially denied.” I’m inclined to say that most Americans are very far from having that degree of political sophistication.

      • I tend to reserve my skepticism for real cover-ups, like Benghazi. Why was security denied, what was really going on there (gun running?), who made the call to not send in aid during the 8 hour attack, and who created the incorrect talking points that the attack was spontaneous, and all over a dumb youtube video?

        Repubs are about to bring this matter back front and center and it is not goling away, to the dismay of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton. IMO impeachable offense occurred, and well as other crimes that could lead to prison time for certain lesser administration officials.

        • “I tend to reserve my skepticism for real cover-ups, like Benghazi.”

          Are you therefore saying that there was no cover-up in the Boston Marathon? If that’s what you believe, then perhaps you should find a forum that is dealing with Benghazi and spend your time and effort there.

    • Marie Weiss wrote ” They learned, for example, that the USSR had invaded Afghanistan, because they were told by Pravda (i.e., govt-controlled media) that the Afghan govt had “invited the Soviet military to enter their country.” They simply inverted the report, and then they knew they had the real story.”


      Not wanting to go off topic, but I believe that the Soviets were actually invited into Afghanistan by the recognised government of Afghanistan, which was pro-Soviet at the time.

      The Soviet Union, which was propping up half the world at the time, had a lot less reason to lie to its population about international policy than the current US government does.

    • I always think of Russian propaganda as Propaganda 101, but that’s only because I don’t know when lying by governments started. I’m sure it started way before the cold war.
      Anyway, things are way too complicated to simply invert what is “revealed” by the MSM to come up with the truth. You can see that by simply changing the channel and hearing another version of the so called truth.
      Also, another complication is being added in, which I don’t have a name for. I didn’t watch the White House correspondents event, but my husband said that Obama made a “joke”. He said it’s been 5 years since he came into office and he considers himself a long ways from when they used to call him the “Muslim socialist”. What do you call that, and how does that start a big twist in what people believe or are being conditioned to believe or what people will accept?

    • You are spot on. We are the tail the dog keeps wagging. Once you face up to the theatre whose fourth wall is always there – you are never going backstage, you are the audience, then you stand a chance of not being swayed by popular hatreds.

      I guess my idealism about America was always that we gave people a break when they came here and didn’t yield to easy prejudice. But that wasn’t the real world ever. Today the Chechens are singled out, yesterday it was “towel-heads”. The angry and uneducated can easily be sicced on anyone, and that’s how they are recruited to slit foreign throats. In that way, Americans are far more naive than Russians ever were. I’d say we’re naive the way the Germans were, and that is worrying. Our very privileged lifestyle has made us unaware that in the long run our survival depends on seeing things clearly. When the Germans bought the theatre, they bought a lot of death for themselves, as payback for their rash attacks. We need to learn from both nations how not to make the same mistakes.

  11. The complete absence of blood on the white shirt front of the African American woman next to the amputee is very striking. She also has no blood on her face in Ben Thorndike’s series of photos, though her forehead is covered in blood once she’s on the gurney.

    It’s also notable how many people are holding their hands over their ears. For example, in the full sequence, we can see that there are two men covering their ears who start off near the left edge of the scene. One gradually moves down towards the bottom of the frame, still covering one or both ears, while the other one moves over to help a woman get up. Other people can be seen holding their hands over one or both ears as well, longer than perhaps one might expect. Are they getting remote instructions?

    Another intriguing detail is a man in the lower right corner of the frame in most of the middle sequence of photos, wearing a grey shirt and blue jeans, with grey hair in a ponytail and black wraparound sunglasses on his forehead. At one point he seems to notice the photographer. He looks entirely unconcerned throughout, and early in the sequence, he appears to be having a friendly chat with the young girl who appears to be with him.

    • People are covering their ears because their eardrums burst from the concussion wave s from the explosions. Several people had severe hearing damage.

      Remember these photos are from only 5 seconds of video.

      • I’m looking at the full set of 26 photos, which appear to have been taken at least a second apart each. So it’s at least 27 seconds after the explosion, assuming that the first photo was taken 1 second after the blast. And only a few people are holding their ears, and which people are doing so is not related to how close they were to the explosion.

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