Explosions rock Boston Marathon

 

Boston (CNN) – A pair of 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.

The blasts occurred a few seconds apart, shrouding downtown Boston’s Copley Square in smoke. Paramedics were treating several victims at the scene, and police ordered onlookers to back away from the area, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.

The explosions occurred about 2:45 p.m., about an hour after the first runners had crossed the finish line, Frucci said.

Update:
There are reports now from Fox News that there are at least 2 people dead

Two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Photo: Boston GlobeTwo explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Photo: Boston Globe

Update:
Eyewitness testimony:

Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers in the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos. 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, 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.

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 thunderous explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

Runner Laura McLean of Toronto said she heard two explosions outside the medical tent.

”There are people who are really, really bloody,” McLean said. “They were pulling them into the medical tent.”

Cherie Falgoust was waiting for her husband, who was running the race.

”I was expecting my husband any minute,” she said. “I don’t know what this building is … it

just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don’t know what it was. I just ducked.”

Update:

Three people reported dead:

Three people have reportedly been killed after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Update:

Another device was reportedly found near the Mandarin Hotel, according to the police scanner. The scanner also indicated the presence of another abandoned package in front of Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square. A perimeter is being established around Eastern Standard.

Update:
Multiple people injured.

BOSTON — At least three people are reported dead and dozens of others injured following a series of explosions that erupted near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to mulitple reports.

Authorities were seen helping injured runners leave the scene and bloody spectators were being carried to a medical tent that was being used for runners, according to The Associated Press.

“Somebody’s leg flew by my head. I gave my belt to stop the blood,” spectator John Ross told reporters.

Update:

They are now saying the explosions were from bombs:

The Boston Marathon said that bombs caused the two explosions and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what happened. The Boston Police Department said two people were killed and 23 others injured.

 

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