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Life disrupted: Eerie scenes after Boston Marathon bombings

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The unfinished meals of fleeing customers are left on tables at an outdoor restaurant near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Mass. The twin bombings, which occurred near the marathon finish line, resulted in the deaths of three people while hospitalizing at least 128. The bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race, resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of many professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence.

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Bags of people's belongings gathered not far from the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an investigation continues into dual bombings at the site, in Boston April 16.

While there have been many moving photos of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, these quiet, empty moments are powerful in their own way. The plates full of uneaten food at an abandoned restaurant suggest the chaos immediately following the explosions, causing people to flee leaving unfinished drinks and unpaid bills. Yellow bags full of runners’ personal belongings, intended to be picked up after crossing the finish line, instead evoke unrealized dreams of completing a marathon. The silver thermal blankets that so often are worn proudly following a race, yesterday served a much different purpose and blanketed injured runners.


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Unused thermal blankets for marathon participants are piled near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 16, in Boston.

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Blood in seen on the sidewalk in front of a candy store advertising a Marathon Monday sale a day after two explosions at the Boston Marathon in Boston, on April 16.

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Two police officers walk down Boylston Street, away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston on April 16.

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Heightened security, empty streets, and memorials mark the the day after the Boston Marathon bombings.