Two bombs — in two different locations — detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people, including an 8-year-old.
At least 100 people are injured – including up to 10 with amputated limbs. Google has established a person finder for the incident here.
The Boston Police Department estimates that two explosions occurred at around 2:50 PM and a third incident occurred at the JFK Library, though it appears to be related to a fire and not related to the explosions.
“This is an ongoing event,” the Boston Police Commissioner said at a press conference. “He urged all people to stay indoors and not to congregate in large groups. At least 90 people are injured and 2 people are dead. Police say no suspects are in custody, though they are “questioning many people.”
Local police departments in New Jersey and throughout the nation were on heightened alert in the wake of the bombings. President Obama made a statement about the explosions and said: “We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. ”
Some pictures from the scene:
The New York Times has a rough map of where the explosions took place:
While the official cause of the explosion is unknown, law enforcement officials said that small homemade bombs may be responsible and there were reports that “police have surveillance video of someone bringing multiple backpacks into area 20 minutes or so before explosions.”
Police have found at least two more devices, which were dismantled. The Federal Aviation Administration has also set up no-fly zone over the site.
Massachusetts General Hospital has at least 22 patients, 6 are in critical condition and five are in serious condition. The Director of Emergency Services describes the injury as “from a war zone.” An AP reporter also says that Newtown families were in the VIP section, by the explosion, but were not injured.
New York Police say they are increasing security in response to today’s tragedy. In Washington D.C., the Secret Service is “beginning to cordon off Pennsylvania Avenue” and tightening security around the White House.
The White House says that President Obama has been notified of the incident in Boston and “His administration is in contact with state and local authorities. He directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response.” Obama received a briefing from Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and other members of his senior White House staff.
At around 5:00 PM, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) requested a moment of silence on the House Floor for the victims, which will take place at 6:30 PM. President Obama will address the nation at 6:10 PM.
More graphic pictures below.
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