2 explosions at Boston Marathon; several injured

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BOSTON — Less than two hours after Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crossed the finish line as the winner of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a report of two explosions at the event were reported.

The explosions happened near the finish line. CNN reported that the second explosion came from a sidewalk.

CNN reported that at least six people were hurt in “large explosions.” There have not been any reported fatalities and no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

The explosions happened about 2:50 p.m. EST near the Boston Marathon finish line and the intersection of Boylston and Exeter Streets, where thousands of people gathered to watch the race.


Photo courtesy of Tyler Wakstein

The first explosion happened across from the Lenox Hotel and the second blast was about 15 seconds later, witnesses said.

Store fronts were reported to have been blown out, and there were also reports of dozens of injuries. Witnesses said a number of victims lost limbs, the race was stopped and the area is being evacuated. It is believed that many of the injured were spectators who were watching the 117th race.

Authorities have urged people to stay away from trash receptacles in the area — they said this is a precautionary measure.

Another possible device was reported to be found in the Mandarin Hotel and the Boston Globe reported that authorities are finding other incedinary devices. About 3:55 p.m. EST here was a third, controlled explosion near the Boston Library.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

More than 500 people from the Seattle area ran in the marathon. A link a list of participants in the 2013 Boston Marathon is available here.

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  • nwehrheim

    What is wrong with people that they would set off such a destructive device at an event that celebrates hard work and accomplishment, something good that humans do ? Are those mindless bomb throwers consumed with covetousness ? Is not the tenth commandment a warning against such covetousness ? Harming other human beings really harms those who perpetrate such cruelty more than anyone else; surely we need to pray for those so misguided !

    • dorje

      It is compassion that will guide us to a more caring, supportive culture where there is no need to scream out with violence. Thank you for your perspective.

  • Leeanne

    Are you kidding me! I turned on the news because my son goes to school in Boston to try to get information about the bomb blasts and you have f….Maury Povich on??? How stupid is that.

  • Jack

    Perhaps a ban on garbage cans to keep our utopic narcissist happy, however that will not fix the underlying issue ! Most suicide victims leave a note, and most terrorists brag or make available the purpose to said terroristic actions, unless however they are just going for a effect.. Are we to believe that we are all collectively loosing our minds? Bet you this is a doorway to a military presents in the likes of which we've never seen before.. And still no clue to the REAL problem to be fixed, other then to blame our self's collectively ; / theirs always a nutjob in every basket , but those bombs were a little to powerful and a little too calculated for the average nutjob..

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