Boston Marathon blasts kill three

2013-04-15 21:46

Boston – Three people, including an 8-year-old boy, died and at least 134 others were injured in two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police confirmed a third incident at the JFK Library in Boston but it was later reported to have been an unrelated fire.

Tweeted South African paralympian @ErnstvanDyk: “Was attending a post race event and the second explosion was right across the street. Was terrible to see it all.”

Bloodied spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.

“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter. 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.

CNN reported that counter-terrorism officers were patrolling landmarks in New York following the explosions.

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 explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

AP reported that two more explosive devices were found near the scene and dismantled.

Police received numerous reports of unexploded devices around Boston, The Boston Globe tweeted.

View a video of the first blast here.

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» This story was updated after first published.

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