As chilling photos of the deadly blasts at Monday's Boston Marathon began to circulate, one image stood out for some Twitter users, sparking debate over what appeared to be a man walking on a rooftop of a building overlooking the finish line.
The photo, taken by spectator Dan Lampariello, showed the second bomb explode several hundred yards from the first as runners approached.
Among the first Twitter users to spot the mysterious figure in Lampariello's photo was the operator of a parody account for R&B singer Frank Ocean:
— Frank Ocean (@Fraank_Oceaan) April 15, 2013
The image was retweeted more than 2,000 times.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail pondered the figure on Twitter, too:
Who is this person? Individual seen walking on roof directly overhead as bomb goes off at Boston Marathon bit.ly/10YspoR
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) April 15, 2013
It wasn't long before the phrase "Boston Marathon roof," propelled by wild speculation, was trending on Twitter.
"Who's the guy on the roof?" one Twitter user asked. "He's not reacting to the detonation."
"The picture of the guy on the roof overlooking the second explosion is the spookiest thing I have ever seen," another wrote.
User @anon15576, an apparent member of the Anonymous hacktivist collective, tweeted: "#bostonmarathon bombing. #man on the roof. Anyone at all know #anything #fellow #anons plz tell me more about the man on the roof. #thanks."
It's worth noting that Boston police had been cracking down on rooftop parties along the marathon route.
In 2011, a 22-year-old college student fell through a skylight while watching the Boston Marathon from the top of a Brookline apartment.
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