Just about an hour ago, two explosions took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today. At this point, we don’t know if the explosions were caused by accidents or if this was some sort of terrorist attack but we do know that people have been injured and others, sadly, have been killed. Today is Patriot’s Day in Boston, MA so it’s possible that these explosions could have something to do with that … but at this point, we don’t know at all. Photos and video from the scene has been making their way to social media, click below to read a report from The New York Times and see footage from the scene.
A series of explosions were reported near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to several media outlets. One report quoted “some sort of incident” on Boylston Street, near the finish line. Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos, The Associated Press reported. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. “There are a lot of people down,” said one man, according to The A.P., whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding, The A.P. said. The Boston Police Department confirmed that they were looking into an explosion, but had no further comment. Local television also showed ambulances at the scene. The headquarters for the organizers of the marathon, one of the world’s oldest, was reportedly locked down while authorities investigate.
Wow. This is horrible. At this point, we don’t know how many people have been injured or killed … we don’t even know what caused these explosions. It’s terrible but I’m hoping these explosions were caused by an accident but, sadly, that may not be the case. Stay tuned to news outlets, this story is developing.
UPDATE: According to new reports, the explosions were caused by planted devices (“small homemade bombs”, says WHDH), possibly remotely detonated … a third was reportedly deliberately detonated and more devices are being sought. Here is a photo of the second explosion as it happened earlier today:
At this point, we are hearing that at least 22 people have been injured and at least 2 people have been killed. This is just so scary. Thousands of people — including family members of all ages — fill the streets of marathon races and the Boston Marathon is one of the biggest, most important races in the world. My heart aches at the thought of so many innocent people impacted by this incident. Let’s keep our best wishes for the people of Boston and stay tuned to news outlets … new information is being reported immediately as it happens.
UPDATE 2: Reuters is reporting that a third explosion just took place at the JFK Library but it now appears that this third incident is NOT related to the earlier bombings. Additionally, other suspicious devices have been found elsewhere around Boston.
UPDATE 3: The Boston Globe newspaper has converted its website into a LIVE BLOG of information coming out of Boston pulling from both news outlets and social media, I highly suggest you focus your attention THERE. I’m stopping the pop culture posts for the day :(