Two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing 3 and injuring more than 100 on Monday afternoon.
The Boston Police Department reports that at least 3 people were killed in the blasts. At least 100 were injured, according Boston.com. Reports indicate that one of the deceased is an 8-year-old.
The explosions happened outside Marathon Sports on Boylston Street, near the Boston Public Library, around 2:50 p.m. Monday afternoon. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told the media that two simultaneous explosions happened about 50-100 yards apart on Boylston Street. Officials say there were no known credible threats before the marathon.
Davis says that each item dropped or left behind by runners and spectators must be thoroughly inspected. Officials are encouraging people to stay home and not to congregate in large crowds.
Davis says police are questioning many people but do not have a suspect in custody at this time.(Watch video from Boston.com of the explosion as it happened.)
Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners after the explosion. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.
"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.
Officials with the Boston Marathon issued the following statement on Facebook: "There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened."
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. WHDH reports that storefront windows of nearby businesses were blown out.
According to NBC News, "a spokesman told Reuters that police were deploying counterterrorism vehicles around landmarks, including prominent hotels." The Boston Globe reports that the Lenox Hotel was evacuated.
Red Cross Safe & Well list. Google has also established a "person finder" to help families locate loved ones.Nearly 27,000 runners competed in the 26.2-mile course this year, reports NBC News.
The Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots that it has created a no-fly zone over the site of the explosions at the annual Boston Marathon.
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(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)
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