On the trail of reporting more details about how the pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line of last week's Boston Marathon worked, CNN's David Mattingly traveled to New Mexico for an Erin Burnett OutFront investigation to meet with Van Romero of New Mexico Tech. Romero's team replicated a bomb designed to be similar to the two that exploded in Boston.
Even before seeing the white smoke, Mattingtly reporting feeling the shockwaves emitted from the blast over a quarter mile away – faster than the speed of sound. It would have been likely that survivors and victims in Boston were injured before they ever heard the explosions. In addition, the flying hot shrapnel from the device strewed out radially in the form of thousands of weapons that would have been destructive to flesh and tissue.
Romero also had an additional warning for first responders: "unexploded ordinance...parts of the bomb that didn't explode ...that could go off at any time."
ERIN BURNETT OutFront airs weeknights at 7:00pm ET.
The squalid, smelly, steamy cruise ship, which has been without power for days with 4,000 people aboard, is expected to finally limp into port later today. CNN’s Erin Burnett will anchor Erin Burnett OutFront from Mobile, Alabama, where the ship will dock. Sandra Endo cover the ship’s arrival by helicopter; Victor Blackwell monitors by boat; and David Mattingly and Martin Savidge report from the dock in Mobile. CNN.com/live and the CNN apps will live stream the docking. CNN International will simulcast the arrival later tonight.
Image of Victor Blackwell on 41 foot boat following the arrival of the ship
Image of David Mattingly at the port in Mobile, AL where the passengers will disembark
Image of Martin Savidge at the port in Mobile, AL where the passengers will disembark
Image of Sandra Endo from a helicopter flying over the cruise ship.
Exclusive CNN VIDEO: Cell phone video from passenger Megan Clemons-Foxall taken early Sunday morning when the fire started on Carnival’s Triumph. : http://on.cnn.com/UkueNp
VIDEO: Carnival passenger Slyvester Davis tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer she asked her farther, “Since this was a botched graduation gift can we get another one – possibly a flight or a road trip?” http://on.cnn.com/UkubBfVessel nears port
On the Wednesday edition of The Situation Room, CNN's David Mattingly reported from Mobile, Alabama as the crippled Carnival cruise ship, the Triumph, nears port. He interviewed Mary Poret and Kim McKerreghan, two worried mothers of passengers on the ship, about the ordeal their daughters have had to endure – and if the cruise line company has been responsive to their inquiries about their daughters' safety.
The Triumph is expected to finally dock in Mobile sometime after 4:00pm Eastern on Thursday, February 14th.
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer airs each weekday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and on Saturdays from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. All times Eastern.
"I've never, in 26 years of forecasting, ever, seen anything like this," said Chad Myers, weather anchor and severe weather expert, while reporting on Superstorm Sandy.
Myers, along with CNN's Jason Carroll, Ed Lavandera, David Mattingly, Frederik Pleitgen, and John Zarrella, report for a new CNN documentary this weekend investigating the factors that made the impact of superstorm Sandy so devastating. The documentary also offers insights from researchers and scientists on climate change, potential solutions to limiting the impact of future storms on critical infrastructure like power grids, and the potential impact of reductions in the funding of satellite systems that aid meteorological storm predictions.
CNN Presents: The Coming Storms encores Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET&PT on CNN/U.S.