UPDATE: Bostonians React To Today’s Bombings
8:53 p.m. – Among those dead, according to CNN, are an eight-year-old boy. 141 people have been treated in Boston Hospitals for injuries, including the removal of ball bearings. The bombs resulted in the loss of at least 10 limbs.
CNN is also saying at least 17 people are in critical condition still, and another 25 are in serious condition.
8:00 p.m. – Peggy Bateman-McKeever was near the explosion when it occurred. Her husband was running the event. Here is her story, which she sent via cell phone to WIBX:
“[My husband] ran the Boston marathon today. He was at mile 24 when explosions went off. I was 2 blocks from the finish line waiting to take a picture of him as he finished. Then I heard the first explosion – so incredibly loud with that white smoke. I thought why did they do that? Then I heard & saw the 2nd explosion. We were all just stunned & then the police kept yelling to run. Everywhere u looked people were trying to use their cell phones but few got through. All u heard was “there’s no service.” That was the hardest part – couldn’t get through to our family & friends. I finally made contact with my husband – they kept all runners away from finished line. A Temple that was on the course opened its doors to all the runners. They gave them water, juices, food & let them use their computers & phone. Beautiful people. Now my husband is back – he just got in 4 hours after the bombs went off. We were told to stay in our rooms – not even in the hotel lobby. Unbelievably tough day… One more thing I can add is the amazing response of hundreds & hundreds of police , fire fighters -almost instantly. Just saw ur message – the area is cleared of ppl with injuries but we are suppose to stay in our hotel rooms. So what I know is on the news – like what u know – I’m sure.”
7:09 p.m. – Megan Murphy lives in Boston and was on her way home from work when the bombs went off. She speaks with WIBX’s Gino Geruntino about what happened and how the city is reacting.
6:37 p.m. – Fox News and NBC News are both reporting that one of the victims who died during the attack was an 8 year-old child.
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6:32 p.m. – NBC is saying that Speaker John Boehner is calling for flags to be lowered at the U.S. Capitol to honor the victims of today’s incident.
6:17 p.m. – Popular Science is offering its readers tips on how to contact their loved ones without full on cell service. Lines are jammed, but for those who need to get in touch, this may help.
6:13 p.m. – President Obama is now speaking about today’s incidents, says “We will get to the bottom of this.” Calls today a “hollow day in Massachusetts” and says today’s race draws the world to Boston.
Obama ended his speech with stern warning, saying “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”
6:12 p.m. – Cell service is back up in the Boston area, according to the AP via Twitter.
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6:08 p.m. – The Boston Police Department is releasing new information regarding the third incident via Twitter.
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6:04 p.m. – The Bostong Globe is reporting that more than 100 people may be injured in today’s blasts. Fox News corroborating the figures.
5:55 p.m. – Fox News is reporting that President Barack Obama will be giving a response tonight at 6:10 p.m. regarding today’s incidents.
5:24 p.m. – Fox News is reporting that a person of interest may be in custody and is being talked to by Boston Police.
5:08 p.m. – Police Commissioner Ed Davis says at around 2:50 this afternoon, about 50 to 100 yards away from each other. They exploded nearly simultaneously and caused multiple casualties.
A third blast has also been reported at the JFK Library. Davis says he isn’t sure if the explosion is related to the first two, but he is treating them as if they are.
Two hotlines have also been established with one for families of the victims and another for anyone with tips for police. Family are asked to call (617) 635-4500 to receive information on friends and loved ones, while those with information regarding the incident can call 1-800-494-TIPS.
4:56 p.m. – Boston Police are asking people to “stay out of crowds and to make their way home or back to hotels.” If people have any information, they are urged to call Boston Police tip lines.
4:51 p.m. – The Boston Globe is now reporting that as many as 64 are injured following the explosion of two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
MARATHON EXPLOSION: Toll rises to 2 dead, 64 wounded in Boston Marathon explosions.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
A press conference is scheduled to begin within the next few minutes.
4:43 p.m. – There are already reports from Twitter that a fake handle has been eliminated for attempting to raise money for victims.
Twitter has suspended the fake Boston Marathon account @_bostonmarathon, claiming it would donate $1 to victims for RT’s
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4:38 p.m. – WCVB in Boston says the Secret Service has shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House. Washington DC and New York City are both on a heightened state of alert.
The current casualties involve 2 confirmed deaths and 23 injuries. Fox News is reporting numbers as high as 12 deaths.
4:27 p.m. – A press conference will be held at 4:30 to discuss the situation.
The Associated Press is reporting that a senior U.S. Intelligence offiical says two more bombs have been found and are currently being dismantled.
What kind of devices they are has not been released.
4:22 p.m. – New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote in a tweet, “My thoughts & prayers are with the victims in Boston & their families, just horrific. Thank you to all the brave first responders.”
ABC is also reporting that the FAA has also issued a temporary flight restriction over the area.
4:03 p.m. – WIBX spoke with Tim Reed, Executive Director of the Boilermaker 15K Road Race. He says though finishers completed the race a couple of hours ago, many others would still be on their way toward the finish line. Spectators would also be on the sides of street cheering the runners on.
Listen to the entire interview with Tim Reed by clicking below:
3:57 p.m. – Fox News is currently reporting that as many as three people are dead following the explosion. No definite word on how many are injured. Crews are still assisting the injured, taking them to tents where runners were originally supposed to rest.
3:47 p.m. – Officials are reporting that the Boston Marathon has been canceled. Anyone still on the streets is asked to stop.
Crews are on the scene to assist people injured during a pair of explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
According to ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston, first responders were sent to 617 Boylston St. at around 2:50 for the call. The explosions were directly across the street from the Lenox Hotel. Spectators seem to be the ones who are injured, with reports of several missing limbs.
Many of the injured are being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.
WIBX will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
The Boston Globe posted this video on YouTube showing the explosion as it happened from ground level at the finish line:
This video of the finish line at the time of the explosion show how the impact literally knocked runners off their feet as the approached the end of the course. Video found at NBCNews.com: