2 explosions at Boston marathon finish line

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— Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring at least 23 others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs, authorities said.

A third blast rocked the John F. Kennedy Library several miles away and more than an hour later, but no injuries were reported, police said. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found near the marathon finish line.

There was no immediate word on the motive or who may have launched the attack and authorities in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Some 27,000 runners took part in the 26.2-mile race, one of the world's premier marathons.

The twin blasts at the race took place almost simultaneously and about 100 yards apart, tearing limbs off numerous people, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending smoke rising over the street.

As people wailed in agony, bloody spectators were carried to a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.

Cellphone service was shut down in the Boston area to prevent any possible remote detonations of explosives, a law enforcement official said. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis asked people to stay indoors or go back to their hotel rooms and avoid crowds as bomb squads checked parcels and bags left along the race route.

The Federal Aviation Administration barred low-flying aircraft from within 3.5 miles of the site.

"There are people who are really, really bloody," said Laura McLean, a runner from Toronto, who was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when she was pulled out to make room for victims of the explosions. "They were pulling them into the medical tent."

About two 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.

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. At least eight of the wounded were in critical condition, according to hospitals.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the two other explosive devices found nearby were being dismantled. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly.

A third explosion was heard about an hour after the first two after authorities warned spectators to expect a loud noise from a water cannon that police apparently were using to destroy one of the devices.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured while race stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Roupen Bastajian, a 35-year-old state trooper from Smithfield, R.I., had just finished the race when they put the heat blanket wrap on him and he heard the first blast.

"I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor," he said. "We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated. ... At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing."

A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

"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.

Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags lining the route of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.

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."

Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to an emergency plan that had been in place.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the explosions by Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco. Obama also told Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick that his administration would provide whatever support was needed, the White House said.

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john bailey 1 year, 4 months ago

this is extremely sad to hear....prayers to all the victims.

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 4 months ago

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief Of Staff to Barack Obama

Aurora, Sandy Hook and now the Boston Marathon. I wonder how the Ruling Class in the White House and in Denver will use this to further erode our Civil Liberties and who they plan to blame? And why were they running a BOMB DRILL during the event? And what about the bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines? Welcome to 1984

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George Fargo 1 year, 4 months ago

The Boston Marathon starts in my hometown of Hopkinton, Mass, so it has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I can only be relieved that they didn't target the start - it would have been a thousand casualties, some of which I would know personally. It saddens me to see that this fun and long-running traditional international event is marred in this way. An 8 year old boy killed, his sister loses her leg, mother has brain injuries, all because they wanted to see their father cross the finish line. My heart goes out to them and all the innocent victime.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 4 months ago

My fantasy: once the animal(s) is apprehended, plaster this pic of Richard on every billboard in Boston. Then drive the animal downtown, let him out, and drive away. http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/16/heartbreaking-photo-of-8-year-old-killed-in-boston-blast/

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mark hartless 1 year, 4 months ago

I wonder what part of the new gun laws would have stopped this from happening?

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 4 months ago

Mark there will be new gun laws passed over this, the media has already began to roll out their plan. Chris Mathews on MSNBC has already began to point the finger at right wing groups and even tied in a fire at a JFK library. Right Wingers tend to like tax cutters like JFK. This thing screams False Flag. First of all if this was a real terror attack someone would have claimed responsibility by now. Groups like Hamas, Earth First and those Pro Life kooks that bomb Doctors will always claim responsibility. The Sandy Hook parents were all seated in the stands together for reasons other than watching the race, what those reason are is unclear to me at this point. Boston PD was running a Bomb Drill and even had bomb Sniffing Dogs at both the Start and Finish lines. The Bomb blast was done with low grade explosives and there was not a lot of scrap metal, a high grade explosives bomb would have had a white flash or no flash at all not a red flash with smoke. This was likely done to just scare the crap out of everyone, to keep their DHS agents from getting hurt and to latter say that this bomb was made with oh lets say GUN POWDER so they can pass laws to ban the sale of GUN POWDER to those that like to make their own ammo. Another direction they could take this is so they can roll out a even bigger Police State with TSA or Military at all big events at first then at hiway checkpoints.
George W Bush was not able to destroy our Constitution with 9-11 that led to the Patriot Act and Obama has been able to take away more Civil Liberties with his NDAA and his Underwear Bomber. Sandy Hook have been be used but he needed something bigger to Abolish things like States Right, Internet Freedom, and the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendments before he can toss the whole thing. This man is no friend of Liberty and Freedom so you know he will use this sick act to further his agenda of tyranny and fund DHS well beyond anything imaginable.
So my guess is this will be blamed on Gun Owners, Libertarians, Preppers, those that hate the United Nations, and love our Bill of Rights and Constitution, A arrest will be made and he will be some Prozac Head who is a Young White Male, an AR-15 bought at a gun show will be planted in his basement along with a copy of the Constitution, 9-11 truth sites will be found on his new Mac along with links to the Drudge Report and other very credible news sites. He will be a NRA member and have a CCW card in his wallet from a Pro Gun County and he will belong to a 3rd Party not a DEM or REPUB. A ammo making kit will be found along with a lot of GMO free storable food. The Feds will have covered all the bases with their Patsy in order to Demonize as many freedom gropes as possible. They will claim he has big mental problems and that is why he can't talk. The State Run Media will do as they are told and it will be a never ending parade of lies and propaganda. Chris Mathews will never shut up as the FEMA camps fill up.

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