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.

UPDATE:

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.

UPDATE:

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.

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Breaking Coverage of Boston Marathon Bombing

Storified by James Hicks· Mon, Apr 15 2013 15:00:15

Reports of Marathon Runners that crossed finish line and continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims #PrayforBostonNBC Sports Network
Reconnect with loved ones in Boston via Twitter, FB, or #RedCross Safe and Well: rdcrss.org/N3R2yG #BostonMarathon ‏American Red Cross
Boston Police, Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed Live Audio FeedBoston Police, Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed on Broadcastify.com
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon. #prayforbostonBoston Red Sox
President #Obama will deliver statement at 6:10 p.m. ET. on terrorist attack. Watch live on all CNN platforms. on.cnn.com/139ikHpCNN Breaking News
A map of where the explosions occurred at the Boston Marathon: nyti.ms/11izlOVThe New York Times
You cannot pay these police and firefighters enough. Look at them. They are fantastic.Peter King
**IMPORTANT NUMBERS** To find family: 617-635-4500 – If you have any info about the blast: 800-494-8477 #bostonmarathon @AlexAllTimeLow RT!Tyler Dutko
If you have info about those in the #bostonmarathon or looking for someone,please visit the Person Finder to add data google.org/personfinder/2…Google Maps
Photos of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions from a witness at the scene: bit.ly/XCYnbkYahoo! News
Right now, connecting with loved ones is the best way to help. rdcrss.org/N3R2yG #BostonMarathonAmerican Red Cross
Update JFK incident appears to be fire related #tweetfromthebeat via @CherylFiandacaBoston Police Dept.
Bombs Explode At Boston Marathon "Raw Footage"cboro564
UPDATE: Police are asking everyone in Boston to stay home; if you do go out, do not travel in large groups.The Boston Globe
We’ve created a stand-alone tab for #bostonmarathon @TwitchyTeam coverage ==> twitchy.com/category/bosto…Michelle Malkin
Who’s that guy on the roof?? #BostonMarathon #PrayforBoston pic.twitter.com/TXAplZFFcEFrank Ocean
Boston Athletic Association – BAA.orgWatch the 2013 Boston Marathon Live on WBZ-TV in Boston or on Universal Sports everywhere in the United States. For live video streamin…

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