Explosions at Boston Marathon finish line; injuries reported [pics]; Updated

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Cheers at the Boston Marathon have turned to screams.

An explosion just went off in downtown Boston. Spectators fleeing the #bostonmarathon course.

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

I think a bomb just went off in Boston. Can’t tell. Can smell smoke. Emergency vehicles everywhere. instagram.com/p/YItk1gTIUJ/

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

Lots of people crying. Does anyone else know WTF is happening? Hard to tell from here.

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

Many spectators walking through Copley Plaza crying. One says they were close to the explosion.

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

Paramedics attending to someone. instagram.com/p/YIuTbPTIUw/

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

wow RT @nightshiftpol: First pictures of Boston Marathon, unconfirmed terror reports: twitter.com/theoriginalwak…

— Jon Ward (@jonward11) April 15, 2013

Just heard that bombs went off at #boston marathon finish line twitter.com/chanyasulkit/s…

— Chris Chanyasulkit (@chanyasulkit) April 15, 2013

RT @alexmleo: Oh my god RT @antderosa Photo captures Boston Marathon explosion bit.ly/17eIN6N (via @boston_to_a_t)

— michaelscherer (@michaelscherer) April 15, 2013

There is blood all over the sidewalk. twitter.com/theoriginalwak…

— Neal D. (@Neal_Dewing) April 15, 2013

Wow. A picture of the actual fireball. This is BAD news. Hold on to your seats people. zerohedge.com/sites/default/…

— Craig Arnzen (@craigarnzen) April 15, 2013

Boston Globe reporter posted this photo: ‘God help us’ on.fb.me/ZWsUgy

— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) April 15, 2013

boston marathon explosion twitter.com/GlobeDavidLRya…

— David L. Ryan (@GlobeDavidLRyan) April 15, 2013

Finish line volunteers told to run. Describe fear “like 9/11 or the tsunami.”

— Billy Baker (@billy_baker) April 15, 2013

Holy shit. RT @buzzfeednews: #bostonmarathon RT @seankellytv: Victims with lost limbs wheeled from scene. #wcvb

— John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl) April 15, 2013

WHDH reporter Janet Wu says multiple people injured, happened about 10 mins ago

— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) April 15, 2013

I am fine. Heading to family’s hotel rooms. There were two explosions. Second was bigger. Getting away from the scene. Pray. Please.

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

Our prayers go out to Boston and all those affected by this horrific event.

RT @dennistodisco Pray for Boston. MT @907ravfm: Explosion at the Boston Marathon. #bostonmarathon Media locked down at nearby hotel.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 15, 2013

Prayers to those in Boston. My the Lord protect them.

— Tamale MFB #TGDN (@tamaleWI) April 15, 2013

My prayers are with the people and city of Boston.

— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) April 15, 2013

Praying for everyone in Boston.

— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) April 15, 2013

Our prayers are with those injured and the first responders at the Boston Marathon.

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 15, 2013

Tagg Romney was near the explosion site. RT @tromney: We r OK. Left Fenway in a cab a few mins before the explosion. Prayers w the victims.

— Christina Wilkie(@christinawilkie) April 15, 2013

If you’re a praying person, now’s the time. People at the Boston Marathon are seriously injured.

— Neal D. (@Neal_Dewing) April 15, 2013

Boston Red Cross Blood Donation Center274 Tremont Street • Boston, MA 02116Phone:1-800-RED CROSS#bostonmarathon #prayforboston

— Nick Hawatmeh (@NicolaHawatmeh) April 15, 2013

We will continue to monitor this situation and update with developments.

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Update:

More news and photos from the scene:

Police pushing everyone away from the scene. instagram.com/p/YIu7kazIVg/

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

Hard to see but windows of Starbucks and Forum blown out. instagram.com/p/YIu-3DTIVl/

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

Loudspeaker in the mall says BPD believes there is “more activity” happening along Boston’s Boylston Street.

— George Scoville (@stackiii) April 15, 2013

MT @kdrv Multiple explosions being reported near the finish line of the #BostonMarathon. Pic from online live feed: twitter.com/KDRV/status/32…

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 15, 2013

RT @reformedbroker Here’s the explosion in Boston Marathon detonating, this looks very bad twitter.com/Boston_to_a_T/…

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 15, 2013

MT @salenazitotrib – @ase PHOTO of 1 of explosions on finish line at #BostonMarathon – at least 12 injured twitter.com/ASE/status/323…

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 15, 2013

Continue to be pushed farther back. Horrified faces of ppl coming from scene #bostonmarathon #WBZ twitter.com/JimArmstrongWB…

— Jim Armstrong(@JimArmstrongWBZ) April 15, 2013

Aerial photo of scene after explosions hit Boston Marathon (CBS) twitter.com/passantino/sta…

— Jon Passantino (@passantino) April 15, 2013

Bomb at #Boston #marathon finish. twitter.com/brm90/status/3…

— Bruce Mendelsohn (@brm90) April 15, 2013

Breaking:Local Boston TV reports victims losing legs and arms in explosion at Boston Marathon

— Russ Ptacek, WUSA9 (@RussPtacek) April 15, 2013

I saw people’s legs blown off. Horrific. Two explosions. Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror.

— Jackie Bruno (@JackieBrunoNECN) April 15, 2013

#Fox25 reporting that people have lost arms, limbs, casualties in double-bombing at #BostonMarathon at Copley – myfoxboston.com/category/23588…

— Juan Gonzalez (@Kaelon) April 15, 2013

The pictures are horrific. Blood everywhere. Someone also captured the second explosion going off. Heard reports of dismemberment. #pray

— Neal D. (@Neal_Dewing) April 15, 2013

Department of homeland security and FBI have already mobilized according to CBS reports. #BostonMarathon twitter.com/Puntarelli/sta…

— Chris Puntarelli (@Puntarelli) April 15, 2013

oh my god. RT @thegarance: Pic of injured via @jackiebrunonecn GRAPHIC GRAPHIC GRAPHICS twitter.com/JackieBrunoNEC…

— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) April 15, 2013

We were so close it was scary. Felt the force of the explosion. People were fleeing and victims were scattered. twitter.com/JackieBrunoNEC…

— Jackie Bruno (@JackieBrunoNECN) April 15, 2013

“People are passing us in wheelchairs, who are being pushed, who are bleeding, who are missing limbs. There two huge explosions.” – WBZ

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 15, 2013

#BostonMarathon explosion photo: yfrog.com/15b8g6j#boston #abc13 | via @abc7chicago

— Houston News (@abc13houston) April 15, 2013

This Vine shows the blast itself: vine.co/v/bFdt5uwg6JZ #BostonMarathon

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 15, 2013

Possible fatalities:

Photo of explosion: twitter.com/Boston_to_a_T/…

— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) April 15, 2013

At least 3 people killed after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a law enforcement source says.

— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) April 15, 2013

The New York Post says 12 are dead citing a federal law enforcement official. nypost.com/p/news/nationa…

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 15, 2013

Former Boston Police Commissioner William Bratton:

Bratton on @nbc, citing Boston police sources: Two explosions, as many as 50 injured.

— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNBC) April 15, 2013

Awful.

“There were bloody faces. Parents holding their children as they were being wheeled away….cuts, broke bones, lost limbs.” WCVB

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 15, 2013

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Update:

According to the Boston Police, two people have been killed:

Update 23 injuries2 dead #tweetfromthebeat via @cherylfiandaca

— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 15, 2013

More on what may have caused the explosions:

NBC News: 3 law enforcement officials looking at possibility of explosions being IEDs

— Adam Henry (@viewofadam) April 15, 2013

BREAKING: Small homemade bomb is preliminary cause of explosion at Boston Marathon, law enforcement officials tell NBC News

— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) April 15, 2013

Amazing photo of first responders:

Heroes RT @stevesilberman: Incredible photo of first responders in Boston. Not graphic. bit.ly/1399oS8

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) April 15, 2013

 

Wow. #heroes. RT @pourmecoffee: First responders (Photo: Kylie Atwood/CBS News) twitter.com/pourmecoffee/s…

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 15, 2013

Thank you to the brave first responders who always run toward the danger to save lives…#bostonmarathon

— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) April 15, 2013

God bless them.

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Update:

Some outlets are reporting that a suspect is in police custody.

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Update:

NBC News: A law enforcement official says one of the two people killed in today’s explosions was eight years told.

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 15, 2013

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