BOSTON (AP) - Police say at least three people have been killed in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police commissioner Ed Davis confirmed the three deaths but provided no details. The explosions Monday also injured more than 130 people, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet. Some of the victims lost arms and legs. Other injuries included broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.
UPDATE: An 8-year-old is among the dead in the Boston Marathon explosions, according to NBC News. Dozens were injured in the attack.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say no suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police Commissioner Edward Davis also says that the fire at a library a few miles away and more than an hour later doesn't appear to be related to the explosions at the race on Monday. He says the fire may have been caused by an incendiary device. Authorities say the blasts killed two people and injured at least 73. Police say it's too early to get into specifics about the nature of devices or whether shrapnel was involved.PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department be deployed to investigate the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon. A department official said Holder has spoken with FBI Director Robert Mueller and with Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. The official said Ortiz's office was coordinating the department's response with the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record. Two bombs exploded near the marathon's finish line on Monday, killing two people and injuring many others. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found nearby. A third explosion followed at the JFK Library in Boston.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site. One runner says he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries, including missing limbs. Competitors and race volunteers were in tears as they fled the chaos, and as bloody spectators were carried into the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course. Boston police also report a third explosion in the city. Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren't certain that the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they're treating them as if they are. Davis says there are no injuries stemming from the third explosion. He urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups.
WASHINGTON (AP) - WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama has called Boston's mayor and the Massachusetts governor to express his concern for those injured in the Boston Marathon explosions. Obama is quoted as telling Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick that his administration would provide whatever support was needed in responding to the incident. The president was briefed on the explosions by Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco shortly after 3 p.m., Eastern time. Shortly after the explosions, Secret Service shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, cordoning off the area with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off the entry points to the road. The White House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots that it has created a no-fly zone over the site of two explosions at the annual Boston marathon. The agency said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing. The notice says the no-fly zone is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Pilots planning flights were urged to call their local flight service station.PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. intelligence official says two more explosive devices have been found near the scene of the Boston marathon where two bombs detonated earlier. The official said the new devices were being dismantled. It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found Monday. The official said the first two did appear to be bombs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly. The official said it was not clear what the motive was or who may have launched the attack.
BOSTON (AP) - One runner says he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, after the twin explosions there. The runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, says the injuries included missing limbs. Race organizers and police say two people were killed and nearly two dozen others were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line, about three hours after the winners had completed the race. Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos and as bloody spectators were carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured. Those who hadn't yet finished the race were rerouted away from the area. Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the flags lining the route. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama has been notified about the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The White House says the administration is in contact with state and local authorities and directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response. Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call with gun control activists when staffers turned on televisions in his office Monday to view coverage of the explosions. Biden said during the call that his prayers were with those who suffered injuries.PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
BOSTON (AP) - Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries. Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course. "There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding. About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)