Boston Marathon Interrupted

Runners were just seconds away from the finish line when two bombs went off, mere seconds apart from each other, around 2:50 p.m. outside of 671 Boylston St. The explosions resulted in two deaths and 23 injuries from a preliminary Boston Police Department statement and caused many runners to collapse from the impact, while windows were shattering and white plooms billowed up. After 5 p.m. the number rose to three deaths and more than a hundred injured, said the Boston Globe. The accident is being said as intentional and caused by bombs. There is no radiation being reported from them.

(The Boston Globe)

Mass. Ave. is closed and is being swept for other possible threats. A bomb squad made a controlled explosion of a suspicious item at 3:53 p.m., as per Kimberly Bookman, who is currently on the scene. People who are in the surrounding buildings are currently on lock down until the area has been searched.

The first device happened inside Marathon Sports and the second explosion was outside. There was a third unexploded device at 600 Boylston St. right near the Medical tent for the Marathon. According to the Associated Press, two more devices have been found as of 4:27 p.m. and were being dismantled. An explosion at the Boston Public Library was also reported but  it is unknown whether it is related to the other explosions.

When the explosions occurred, the majority of the runners in the marathon were passing the finish line. Those who were injured by the explosions are currently being brought to various hospitals. As of 4:30 p.m. people were brought to Mass General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, families who were visiting those injured in the event ones are being searched before allowed entrance.

Families who were affected by the Newton massacre were watching near the finish line, the marathon was run in honor of the victims from that event.

President Obama has been alerted of the situation and Washington D.C. is in a heightened state of alert.

If you have not heard from a loved one of friend in the race, you can check the baa website and find out where they last checked in during the race. Phone calls will take up bandwidth and texts are better to reach people. Also, Police are worried that phone calls made in the area could set off other bombs so they are urging people to not make phone calls at this time. If you are looking for someone, you can also use the Google Person Finder.

The Boston police are asking for videos or photographs of the finish line that may lead to finding out what happened.

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A locator map of the three explosions. (Chiqui Esteban/Globe Staff)

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