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Ball bearings, nails removed from marathon bombing patients

Each doctor who has spoken before TV cameras and reporters this morning has described similar things: Pellets, small BBs, headless nails -- projectiles they believe were packed with the bombs, removed from some patients by the dozens.

“My opinion is that most of them were in the bomb,” said Dr. George Velmahos, trauma chief at Massachusetts General Hospital. “I think it’s unlikely they would be so consistent if they were pulled out from the environment.”

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