Elation turned quickly to horror for what should have been an afternoon of joy. The Boston Marathon began in 1896 it attracts upwards of 500, 000 spectators and participants from all over the world.
The explosion occurred near Boylston Street near the intersections of Fairfield and Exter street
The Boston Police are current looking for video that anyone may have of the finish line, the last update listed 23 injuries and 2 dead. According to the Boston Globe hospitals report 107 people brought to seven institutions for blast injuries — in addition to 2 killed.
The Associated Press reports:
2 bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 50 others in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, billowing smoke, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs, authorities said.
A third blast rocked the John F. Kennedy Library a few miles away and more than an hour later, but no injuries were reported, the police commissioner said. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found near the marathon finish line.
There was no word on the motive or who may have launched the attack, and authorities in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
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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.
President Obama made a statement at 6:10 ET.
He appeared calm and collected informing the Nation that, “we don’t yet have all the answers but we know multiple people have been wounded”. He reminded the United States that “On days like this there are no Republican and Democrats we are Americans…All Americans stand with the people of Boston” He thanks the first responders, firefighters and paramedics. “We do not know who did this or why and people should come jump to conclusions…We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this…Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of Justice”
He closed with a message of hope and endurance for the American people “I am supremely confident Bostonians will pull together. American people will be with them every step of the way.”