Multiple bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual road race and is held every year on Patriot Day. Over 500,000 spectators and 20,000 participants gather on the third Monday of April every year partake in the road race festivities.
Witnesses report that two different blast were heard near the finish line and the NY Times is reporting two fatalities. Headquarters for the Boston Marathon have gone on lockdown as emergency plans are executed. The Red Cross has setup a website for loved ones to locate family members. Medical tents and meeting areas have been put in place to deal with the fallout.
The video below is raw footage from WBZ Boston taken near the finish line.
Our thoughts go out to those affected, and we hope for a speedy resolution to all those involved.
Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis, is asking residents and visitors to return to their homes and hotel rooms. He confirms a third explosion at the JFK Library was detonated at the same time as other devices. A TIP line has been staffed for information to find the culprits: 1-800-494-TIPS. Family members trying to located loved ones should call (617) 635-4500.
A number of online resources have been established for friends and runners to locate their loved ones. Here is a bullet list of those resources, we will update as more information comes in.