Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Explosions at Boston Marathon kills two (video of explosion)

Explosions at Boston Marathon kills two (video of explosion), Two explosions that went off at the same time have killed two people and injured at least 73 people at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The runners were heading to the finish line at 2:40 p.m. EDT when "a fireball and smoke rose from behind cheering spectators," reports Reuters.

The two explosions were about 50 to 100 yards apart as runners crossed the finish line.

"I saw two explosions. The first one was beyond the finish line. I heard a loud bang and I saw smoke rising," Boston Herald reporter Chris Cassidy, who was running in the marathon, told the newspaper. "I kept running and I heard behind me a loud bang. It looked like it was in a trash can or something...There are people who have been hit with debris, people with bloody foreheads.”

Early reports stated that a person of interest is at a local hospital with severe burns, but they have not determined whether the person was a victim or perpetrator, reports Fox News.

Two more unexploded devices have been found near the scene, intelligence officials told The Associated Press. The devices were being dismantled.

Around 4 p.m. a fire occurred at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library three miles away. There is no information if it was related to the explosions.

The police are now on alert in major cities across the United States. Bostonian's are being told to stay indoors.

"Every asset of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal government is either here or communing here," Governor Deval Patrick told reporters.

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