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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blasts near Boston Marathon kill 3; injury toll rising


As at the time of this post, 3 people are already dead. Below was how CNN reported it...

Blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed two people and injured more than 20 others Monday, Boston police said.
The marathon itself, on
its Facebook page, referred to the blasts as bombs. Authorities did not
say immediately what caused the explosions.
Massachusetts General
Hospital said it was treating 19 injured people; Tufts Medical Center
reported that it was treating nine people. Combined, that brings the
number of injured to at least 28. Police reported 22 people injured.
The explosions sent smoke billowing into the air at Copley Square, turning a site of celebration into a mess of destruction. 

Crowds had gathered in the area to watch the runners.

Out of an abundance of
caution, the Lenox Hotel was evacuated, the Boston Globe reported, as
authorities looked into possible security concerns.

"We are currently in contact with federal, state and city officials," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wrote on Twitter.

Other cities, including
New York and Washington, tightened security as a result. Following
standard protocol, the White House cleared out an area in front of the
West Wing.

"If you see something,
say something," Mark Boughton, mayor of Canbury, Connecticut, wrote on
Twitter. "All cities will be on a heightened state of alertness per
Homeland Security protocols."
Mike Baingon, who works
at the Atlantic Fish Company in Boston, said an explosion took place in
front of the restaurant and that he was right by the front door at the
time.

The explosions occurred
at about 2:45 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's
nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line, CNN Producer Matt
Frucci reported.

The race was halted as was subway service into the area.

Runners east of
Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Boston Common; those west of
Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Kenmore Square, the state's
emergency management agency said.

Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.
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