Explosion at the 117th Boston Marathon, Boston, America - 15 Apr 2013

Source:  Reuters/Newsmax

A series of explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon left two people dead and at least 100 injured, according to The Boston Globe.
Boston police said there was a third explosion in the city, following two blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed two people and injured many others.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren’t certain the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they’re treating it as if it is.

Davis says there are no injuries stemming from the third explosion.

He urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups.

In response to the explosion, sites in New York City and Washington, D.C., including the White House, went on lockdown and high alert. The Federal Aviation Administration declared the airspace over the explosions a no-fly zone.
Police sources told NBC the explosions were definitely caused by “improvised explosive devices,” or IEDs as they came to be known in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A third explosion was heard just before 4 p.m., about an hour after the first two blasts. The police were apparently aware of that device before the explosion occured, The New York Times reported.
The Associated Press, meanwhile, reported that at least two other explosive devices were found in Boston and were being dismantled by experts.
Bloody spectators were being carried 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. Runners and race organizers were crying as they fled the scene.
Nineteen people were being treated as Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services, said six of the patients were “very severely injured. Their legs were blown off and they were bleeding profusely,” he said.
Other patients also suffered “traumatic amputation,” with their limbs blown off.
The hospital had mobilized its backup trauma team as well as a secondary backup trauma team, Conn said.
The fact that there were two near simultaneous explosions — right at the marathon’s finish line — led many experts to immediately speculate that the cause was a terrorist attack, not an accident. The Boston Globe reported that there were “two powerful explosions, detonated in quick succession.”

“I saw two explosions. The first one was beyond the finish line. I heard a loud bang and I saw smoke rising,” Boston Herald reporter Chris Cassidy, who was running in the marathon, told the newspaper. “I kept running and I heard behind me a loud bang. It looked like it was in a trash can or something…There are people who have been hit with debris, people with bloody foreheads.”

“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, 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.
“There was an explosion, police, fire and EMS are on the scene. We have no indication of how many people are injured,” a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department said.
Boston Globe reporter Steve Silva reported on the Globe’s Twitter feed: “Blood everywhere, victims carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg, people are crying.”

A spokesman for the Boston Marathon told reporters that no one would be allowed in or out of the hotel that was serving as headquarters for the event.

Mike Mitchell of Vancouver, Canada, a runner who had finished the race said he was looking back at the finish line and saw a “massive explosion.”

Smoke rose 50 feet in the air, Mitchell said. People began running and screaming after hearing the noise, Mitchell said.

“Everybody freaked out,” Mitchell said.
About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.
Boston police said that there was at least one explosion near 673 Boylston Street near the finish line of the marathon.

“There was an explosion, police, fire and EMS are on the scene. We have no indication of how many people are injured,” a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department said.

The explosion occurred as thousands of runners finished the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, with crowds watching and cheering at the finish.
Will Ritter, the spokesman for a Massachusetts Senate candidate, told NBC News that he heard what sounded like two explosions and saw smoke rising near the Boston Public Library. He said that he saw three fire engines and police running to the site.
“We heard two really large explosions in rapid succession, about a second apart from each other,” Ritter said. “Everybody kind of ducked and hit the ground.”
Janet Wu, a reporter for NBC affiliate WHDH, also told NBC News that she heard two loud explosions. Jackie Bruno, a reporter for New England Cable News, said on Twitter that she saw people’s legs blown off.
“Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror,” she said.
Massachusetts General Hospital said that it had two patients and was expecting more.

 

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