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Breaking News: Two explosions at Boston Marathon

By on April 15th, 2013

Two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday. At this time, two people are dead and at least 107 are injured in the aftermath of the explosions, according to Boston police. The marathon was stopped so authorities could investigate the area.

A loud explosion occurred on the north side of Boylston Street, about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line, according to MSN News. Another explosion was heard by bystanders a few seconds later.

Former University of Florida students Matt Hensley and Jeremy Cricione were participants in the marathon before the explosions. Hensley describes the scene after the blasts and says the incident was unreal.

Hensley and Cricione escaped without injury.

A third blast sent citizens in a frenzy. The JFK Library experienced an explosion, which authorities believed to be in connection with the previous twin blasts at the marathon. As of right now, the third explosion appears to be associated with a fire, according to Boston police.

Authorities are still unsure of who is behind the explosions or whether or not it is a terrorist attack. The investigation is on going.

There were 20 more runners from Gainesville in the marathon.

4:07 p.m. EST: The Boston Globe reports two loud booms coming from the finish line by witnesses.

4:14 p.m. EST: Public Information Director for the Boston Police Department reports:

Update 23 injuries2 dead #tweetfromthebeat — Cheryl Fiandaca (@CherylFiandaca) April 15, 2013

4:19 p.m. EST: More explosives found by officials around marathon course.

 4:29 p.m. EST: Boston bombsquad dismantles other two explosive devices, another suspicious package found.

4:38 p.m. EST: Another suspicious package found.

4:41 p.m. EST: Injuries from blast grow in numbers

4:53 p.m. EST: Third blast reported to be coming from JFK Library.

4:54 p.m. EST: Hockey is postponed for Bruins and Ottawa.

 5:07 p.m. EST: Cellphone service blocked to prevent further detontations.

5:08 p.m. EST: More injuries reported by Boston hospitals.

5:25 p.m. EST: Third blast at JFK Library deemed to be fire related.

5:27 p.m. EST: Injury count rises again, up 64 to 90.

 5:29 p.m. EST: Blast injuries result in amputations for many affected by blasts.

5:31 p.m. EST: Runners still on marathon route were diverted to a safe haven.

5:35 p.m. EST: Flights coming into Logan International Airport are haulted.

5:43 p.m. EST: Injures at 90, according to Boston hospitals.

6:10 p.m. EST:  Injuries rise again, up to 107.

6:13 p.m. EST: President Obama calls for increased security across the country, address the state of Boston.

 


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