Yesterday’s Boston Marathon was ended prematurely as two bombs were set off close to the race’s finish line, injuring over a hundred people and killing three as of this writing. But at the height of the chaos, a number of reports claimed cellphone service was shut down by law enforcement as a way to ensure additional bombs wouldn’t be set off, which turns out to have been false according to a number of wireless carriers.
According to wireless carriers Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, cell phone usage within the area during the bombing spiked, which resulted in a disruption of service. “Verizon Wireless has not been asked by any government agency to turn down its wireless service. Any reports to that effect are inaccurate,” said a spokesperson for Verizon Wireless. Both Sprint and AT&T have also reassured the public the disruptions its customers experienced yesterday was also due to an increase of calls, not due an order to cut communications.
We’re hoping by now the amount of calls coming out and going into Boston have gone down compared to the moment bombs went off at the race’s finish line. Although, if you’re still having trouble getting in touch with someone who was attending the race, you may want to try Google’s Person Finder.