Rumors Emerge After Boston Bombings

Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 19:14:08-04

BOSTON, Massachusetts- Everyone is still focused on the attacks in Boston, and  thanks to social media, a lot of rumors have been swirling about the explosions.

Here’s a look at some of those rumors according to CNN


Ever since the explosions happened,  conspiracy theories have been coming out in full force. It’s not just people on the web, a syndicated talk show tweeted that the attacks quote “stink to high heaven” of a staged attack. To help curb some of those rumors, one guy registered the site The man said he did it to keep the conspiracy folks from getting that address.


A Twitter account has been disabled, after the people behind it claimed to be marathon organizers talking about donations. On Monday, they tweeted  quote “”for every retweet we receive we will donate $1 to the #bostonmarathon victims #prayforboston.”  By the end of Monday night, it had been retweeted more than 50,000 times.


A real photo from the Boston Globe ended up having a fake story attached to it. Somehow, the rumor got started that a man was going to propose to his girlfriend as she crossed the finish line but she ended up getting killed by the bombings. Turns out it was just another “Internet hoax.” The photo taken was a guy comforting an injured woman at the finish line.


Just moments after the bombs went off, rumors began flying that police in Boston shut down cell phone networks to prevent the attacker or attackers from using a phone to detonate another device. Actually, there were so many emergency calls going out that networks got jammed.


We know that the youngest victim of the attack was an 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard, but originally, there was a rumor that two children were killed in the blasts. All over social media, people were saying that an 8-year-old girl who was running for Newtown died as well. The photo of the little girl was actually taken at an event in Virgina.  Organizers of the Boston Marathon don’t even let racers that young compete.