Two explosions were detonated at the Boylston Street finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, starting at 2:50 p.m. EST. CNN reprots that three have died, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 140 have been injured, of which at least eight are children. Local hospitals report that at least 17 of the injured are in critical condition and 25 are in serious condition. At least 10 of the survivors had to have limbs amputated as a result of the blasts.
Occurring at a crowded stretch of the course filled with spectators, the bomb blasts are said to have been about 50 to 100 yards apart. "It felt like a huge cannon," said a witness, and the effects of the powerful blast can be seen in the terrifying video below.
The incident is being referred to as a "terrorist attack," although it is not yet known whether it is a result of a domestic or international threat. Officials have confirmed that the explosions were resulting from bombs, and the police are operating under the assumption that the devices used were small and portable crude explosive devices. At least one, and possibly two, other unexploded devices are reported to have been found in the area. A third explosion at the John F. Kennedy library in Cambridge around 3:30 p.m. EST, which originally was being investigated as related, is thought to have started in the library's mechanical room, not as the result of a third bomb.
Families of victims trying to locate loved ones are asked to call the Mayor's hotline at 617-635-4500, and anyone who saw anything or knows of any information to lead to arrests surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon or the JFK library is asked to call 1-800-494-TIPS.
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