Two blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon brought the Marathon to abrupt end today, as runners and spectators were injured from the explosions. Boston Police have confirmed that there are two deaths and at least 100 injuries have been treated in area hospitals.
The New York Times reports:
The first blasts took place about four hours after the start of the men’s race, which meant that there were still several thousand runners yet to finish the course. Several news outlets reported that a loud explosion was heard on the north side of Boylston Street, near a photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion was heard shortly afterward.
In a press conference with Governor Deval Patrick, Patrick confirmed that the FBI, ATF and National Guard are on the ground in Boston along with all Boston first responders, assisting and investigating.
There’s heightened security all around Boston, and in New York City and Washington, D.C. as well. The FAA had grounded flights for a time, but planes are now flying in and out the airport again.
The Atlantic has more photos here.
In a brief live statement a short time ago, President Obama said: “We still do not know who did this or why. People shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.”
“But,” the president continued, “make no mistake: we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this, we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will fill the full weight of justice.”
“We will find out who did this and will hold them accountable,” he later added.
Read: “You Are Not Safe Here”: The Remains of a Horrible Day in Boston.
Unfathomable tragedy… My heart aches that this has happened on such a special day for Boston.