An incident occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15 in Boston, Massachusetts. Early reports suggest that two bomb explosions injured over a dozen people. Shortly after the blast, grisly photos showing bloodied pavement were posted to Twitter by onlookers.
While we have chosen not to share the graphic images, the photo above, posted by @Boston_To_A_T, shows the aftermath of one of the explosions. The large explosions occurred at two different points on Boylston Street, near where the viewing stands were set up for onlookers to cheer on the runners. Store windows were blown out by the force of the blast.
According to ABC News, Boston police have told people in the area to avoid trash cans.
Marathon day is known as Patriot’s Day in Boston, and many offices are
closed to allow people to enjoy the festivities and the race. Though details are scarce at the moment, reports from social media suggest that some of the injuries are very serious, including lost limbs.
UPDATE: The Boston Police Department has confirmed two dead and at least 22 injured.
UPDATE: CNN reports confirmation that the explosions were caused by bombs.
UPDATE: The Boston Police Department confirms a third explosion near the JFK Library at 4:30 p.m. EST. Police recommend that people either stay home or
return to their hotels, and that they do not congregate in large crowds.
Victims with lost limbs wheeled from scene. #wcvb
— Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyTV) April 15, 2013
Eyewitness: “Blood everywhere” after powerful explosions near Boston Marathon finish line.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
I saw people’s legs blown off. Horrific. Two explosions. Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror.
— Jackie Bruno (@JackieBrunoNECN) April 15, 2013