April 16th, 2013
05:03 PM ET

U.S. Official: Bombs were likely in pressure cookers

Monday's terror attack on the Boston marathon claim the lives of 3 people - an 8-year-old boy, a young woman and another person yet to be identified - and injured 180 more.

Boy killed in Boston blast wrote, 'No more hurting people'

The FBI is leading the investigation in the attempt to find out the culprit or culprits behind what President Obama called a "heinous and cowardly act."

What we know about the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath

Here's what CNN knows about the bombs:

- A knowledgeable source called the bombs "crude."

- The bombs appear to have been inside metal pressure cookers that were in backpacks, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

- A law enforcement official said it was "likely, but not certain" that a timing device was used and that at least one of the bombs was not activated by a cell phone

A U.S. official tells CNN the explosive device was an IED with BBs as shrapnel and a pressure-cooker type device.

Erin Burnett spoke to Dr. Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital about whether the authorities' account of shrapnel connected to the device consistent with the type of injuries he is seeing.

"We have a lot of the patients who have a lot injuries from these metallic fragments, which I think - I am not a ballistics expert, but I think were in the device," Dr. Conn said.

Erin Burnett has the latest tonight at 7p and 11p ET on CNN.

Filed under: Boston Marathon Explosion • News • Terror Attack
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  1. Michael H.

    Why is no one talking about the similarities to the Olympic Park Bombing in 1996? Open area at a sporting event, not requiring a ticket to access, bomb packed with shrapnel, low death rate compared to number of injured, bomber initially got away without a trace. This seems most like the events of the 1996 Olympics...

    April 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply

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