By Jueseppi B.
Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, leaving at least 2 dead and 23 injured, the Boston Police Department reports.
The explosions happened in quick succession four hours after the beginning of the men’s race. At that point, the majority of runners had crossed the finish line. Thousands, however, were still out on the course.
Video of the scene showed a big explosion near the finish line. The explosion was so strong, it threw one runner off his feet.
WGBH‘s Anne Mostue tells our Newscast unit she heard two very loud explosions within seconds of each other. Mostue said immediately after, she saw “people screaming and running toward the river.”
“Police [were] pushing everyone away from Copley square,” WBUR‘s Bruce Gellerman said. “People crying, people sitting collecting their thoughts. Some of the runners still shaking.”
A video feed of the marathon finish line showed empty stands and emergency workers on the scene. Images posted on twitter and taken by wire photographers showed bloodied runners lining the streets, the windows of nearby buildings blown out by the explosion.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined. But the AP reports that security has been beefed up in New York and Washington.
Update at 4:12 p.m. ET. One Explosion Followed By Another:
NPR’s Peter Sagal tells All Things Considered that he had just finished the marathon, when he heard an explosion. He said he turned his head and that’s when the second explosion hit.
He said he was about 100 yards from the explosion and emergency personelle immediately descended on the scene.
Update at 4:09 p.m. ET. At Least 2 Dead:
The Boston Police Department reports on twitter that at least 2 people are dead and 23 people have been injured.
Update at 3:58 p.m. ET. Counter Terrorism Officials On The Scene:
NPR’s Dina Temple Raston reports that the FBI has sent counter terrorism officials to the scene.
The White House says that President Obama has been notified of the incident and his administration is in contact with law enforcement authorities.
“He directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response,” a White House official said.
Update at 3:46 p.m. ET. The Extent Of Injury:
WBUR is reporting that “at least a dozen are injured.” CNN is reporting that at least 6 have been injured.
“Police pushing everyone away from Copley square. People crying, people sitting collecting their thoughts. Some of the runners still shaking,” Bruce Gellerman reported.
A video of the explosion shows the official marathon clock hitting 4:09 as the explosion happens. The explosion is so severe, one runner is thrown off his feet.
At four hours, most runners would have already crossed the finish line.
Update at 3:35 p.m. ET. Live Coverage:
WBUR is streaming its live coverage here. The New England Cable News is streaming its live coverage here. The Boston Globe is live blogging.
Update at 3:29 p.m. ET. ‘Horrific’:
The New England Cable News’ Jackie Bruno tweeted that she was close enough to the blast that she felt the force of the explosion.
“Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror,” Bruno tweeted. She also posted a photograph people tending to the injured. It shows one man lying on the ground, blood all over his legs.
Update at 3:22 p.m. ET. ‘It Was Awful’:
Aaron Michael, a witness tells WGBH that he looked outside when after the first explosion. That’s when he heard the second one. :
“Boom, there was black smoke,” he said. “Mass chaos. I saw one woman really, really badly hurt. She was being carried out by people, she was bleeding pretty badly. It wasn’t a good scene. It was awful.”
Update at 3:20 p.m. ET. Oldest Marathon:
As Mark reported earlier, The Boston Marathon is the oldest, most prestigious marathon in the world. Tens of thousands of runners participate in the race.
This is a breaking news story. We’ll update as soon as we get more.
Report: Two Explosions at Boston Marathon
VIDEO: Boston Marathon Explosion, People Injured, Pictures
Published on Apr 15, 2013
Explosion at Boston Marathon – Pictures of Injuries & Finish Line
Aftermath to explosion at Boston Marathon
Published on Apr 15, 2013
(Boston Globe) The aftermath of the two explosions at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Video by David Abel / Globe Staff
Multiple Explosions At Boston Marathon
Three Explosions Kill Two, Injure Dozens at Boston Marathon
From ABC News
Three explosions erupted at the famed Boston Marathon today, killing two people, injuring dozens more and turning the race into what looked like a war zone.
The casualties were caused by two bombs that exploded almost simultaneously near the race finish line on Boylston Street before 3 p.m. The area was crowded with runners and spectators, and thousands of runners were still completing the race at the time of the first explosion.
Police said that two people were killed and 23 injured.
A third explosion occurred later at John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, but no one was injured, police said.
Authorities are investigating the cause of all three explosions.
According to law enforcement sources, the first bomb exploded at the Marathon Sports running store, and blew out windows in four nearby buildings, injuring 15 to 20 individuals. The second blast occurred about 50 to 100 years away, severely injuring more bystanders, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.
Authorities believe they were caused by small portable devices, sources told ABC News.
Police are asking for all video footage of the finish line at the time of the explosion.
At least 23 people have been confirmed injured and six are in critical condition, police said.
An emergency room doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital told ABC News that they have performed several amputations already, particularly on victims whose legs were injured. Many of the victims are runners still wearing numbers on their shirts, the doctor said.
He described the injuries as “shrapnel-type wounds” as possibly caused by “pipe bombs,” though police have not confirmed that description.
Earlier, trauma nurse from Massachusetts General Hospital told ABC News that medical workers had set up a temporary morgue at a medical tent at the road race and were treating patients with severed limbs and children with severe burns.
Boston EMS personnel could be seen shuttling the injured out of the blast area on wheelchairs. Several of the victims were bleeding from the face.
Bombs Explode At Boston Marathon
Published on Apr 15, 2013
At least two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, injuring at least a half-dozen people, a CNN producer at the scene said.
A doctor who was in the medical tent, about 150 yards away from the explosion, at the time said it looked like a “warzone,” with “lots of blood,” and said that all physicians were told to go to the scene and help the injured.
Boston police set off a third explosion before 4 p.m. and were sweeping the area, checking dozens of bags left behind by runners who evacuated the area after the explosions. Officials are also testing for chemicals to help determine what kind of device was used, according to police.
Attorney General Eric Holder was in touch with the FBI in Boston and President Obama was notified of the blasts. All of Boston’s police force was ordered to report to duty.
Security precautions were taken elsewhere beyond Boston. In Washington DC, Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House has been closed to pedestrians and there is heightened security.
In Boston, police have told people in area to avoid trash cans, according to witnesses.
The explosions erupted on what is usually a festive day in Boston. It is designated Patriots Day and most offices are closed for the celebration and the marathon.
Debris from the explosions could be seen scattered throughout the spectators stands and finish line area of the marathon as emergency personnel cleared the area.
Video of the explosions showed plumes of white smoke pouring into the air above the street where runners were.
Explosions At Boston Marathon Finish Line
Published on Apr 15, 2013
Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.
More than 26,00 runners were registered to compete in this year’s marathon. The marathon clock was at shortly after four hours at the time of the explosions, which is the average time it takes runners to complete the Boston race, potentially putting the greatest number of competitors at risk.
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