The response to the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and wounded 260 a year ago was remark­ably effec­tive in the imme­diate after­math but unduly chaotic during the day-​​long search for the sus­pects later that week, according to a new Har­vard Uni­ver­sity report.

n the moments after two bombs exploded on April 15, 2013, emer­gency per­sonnel responded with the swift­ness born of years of post-​​9/​11 emer­gency plan­ning. The last wounded person was evac­u­ated within 22 minutes.

Every person alive when they left the scene of the bombing is still alive today,” says Herman Leonard, co-​​director of the Har­vard Kennedy School’s Pro­gram on Crisis Lead­er­ship and a co-​​author of the report.

But when the sus­pects accused of the bomb­ings were found on April 18, police offi­cers “self-​​deployed” to the scene of the chase to help, leading to con­fu­sion that endan­gered not only the police them­selves but also sur­rounding citizens.

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