Monday was Patriots Day in Massachusetts , when the city bursts to life with a Red Sox home game and the world-renowned marathon. Patriots Day is a state holiday commemorating the battles that launched the beginning of the American Revolution.
“This is the day Boston shines in the spotlight, and that puts this event in the spotlight,” said Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, who was a block away when the bombs exploded. “If it happened in another day, sure, it would have had an impact, but not quite the same. This will be remembered every Patriots Day.”
Patients were taken to at least seven hospitals, where at least 140 were being treated for injuries, including eight children. At least 17 patients were in critical condition and 25 more suffered severe injuries.