Explosions Rock Boston Marathon

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: According to the NY post, 12 are dead.  Controlled explosion going on right now as a bomb squad precaution.  Cities across US are stepping up security while Boston police found device in trash can.  Multiple amputations; burned children according to ABC.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: Boston police are finding “secondary devices” among carnage that have not exploded.  According to FOX news, three people confirmed dead.

UPDATE 3:41 p.m.: According to NBC, eyewitnesses saw “two packages or bags” placed near site of explosion.

There have been a pair of explosions near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon today. Two explosions occurred at about 2:30 pm EDT inside Copley Hotel in Downtown Boston. Reports indicate that blood was present on the sidewalks outside hotel, and emergency officials have indicated there are human injuries. There have been no reported casualties as of yet.

A large cloud of white smoke appeared after the first explosion, indicated by a loud bang. The second explosion occurred about 20 seconds after the first. A Boston Herald news reporter running in the marathon said “There are at least a dozen that seem to be injured in some way.” Police have not yet determined whether the explosions were a result of an accident or whether foul play was involved.

The Marathon was the headline event of Patriots’ Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the beginning of the American Revolution in 1776. Police have cordoned off the area around Copley Square in Boston, and we will keep you up to date with reports as they come in.

UPDATE: A CBS affiliate has picked up on the first explosion.  The second happened immediately after.  https://vine.co/v/bFdt5uwg6JZ

UPDATE 11:16 p.m.: Authorities have confirmed three fatalities and at least 140 injuries, many of them severe in nature.

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