An explosion was reported near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.
Reuters is reporting that the headquarters of the annual event has been locked down after an explosion was reported near the finish line this afternoon.
The following images have been posted on Twitter, showing the scene:
According the Boston Globe, there were dozens injured, although there are conflicting reports regarding the number and scale of injuries at this time.
There is also some uncertainty as to whether there were multiple explosions.
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UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Two blasts happened at about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets, according to CNN and local news reports.
The first blast happened across from the Lenox Hotel; a second blast came about 15 seconds later. The race was stopped and the area is being evacuated.
The impact of the explosions could reportedly be felt blocks away.
Store fronts have been blown out, and dozens of injuries reported, some of them severe. Witnesses said several victims lost limbs in the explosions.
Many of those injured appeared to be spectators gathered for the 117th running of the race on Patriots Day, a statewide holiday in Massachusetts.
The victims were being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital immediately.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: A Boston police officer is reportedly among the injured; still no concrete reports on the number or scope of the tragedy amid the chaos.
Meanwhile, police have found an explosive device and will have a controlled explosion shortly near Boylston Street across from the Boston Public Library.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: A Boston Police Tweet lists the casualties: 2 dead and 23 injured.
An additional two explosive devices were found and are being dismantled.
UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: The N.Y. Post and other sources are reporting at least 12 dead and 50 more injured, though Boston officials have not confirmed this.
The Post cited a federal law-enforcement source for those statistics.
Authorities have reportedly a identified a suspect, who is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital with shrapnel wounds. No name has been released.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: President Obama issued a statement promising to bring those responsible to justice; he stopped short of using the word "terrorism."
It is now believed that at least 110 people were injured in the blast.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Earlier reports of a person of interest in custody were premature, and police now say they have no suspects in the bombing.
One of the victims who died was an 8-year-old, and authorities have upped the number of injured to 130 or more as more people seek treatment.
Police officials have tragically now confirmed a third death as well.
UPDATE, 4/16: No suspects have been named yet, however:
- Agencies raided an apartment in Revere, just north of Boston
- Officials are on the lookout for at least one person of interest
- There was also this mystery man on the roof
As far as reactions to this senseless tragedy are concerned:
- President Obama called it an act of terrorism
- Patton Oswalt inspired on Facebook
- Craig Ferguson is "sick of this $h!t"
- Erik Rush raised eyebrows
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