[UPDATED] Horrifying Boston Marathon Explosions Result in Death & Mass Injuries

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explosionThe celebratory mood of the Boston Marathon was shattered as two explosions went off near the finish line. Boston police confirm 2 dead and 23 hurt, according to CNN. Each minute this heartbreaking story continues to unfold, but it is believed that the blasts occurred inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, which immediately went on lockdown, reported the Associated Press.

As runners crossed the finish line on Boylston Street at about 2:50 p.m., two loud booms went off, which onlookers say sounded like thunder. Cheri Falgoust, who was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line, told the Wall Street Journal:

I don't know what this building is ... it just blew .... Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don't know what it was. I just ducked.

While police have not released information as to what or who they believe is responsible for the explosions, ABC News is reporting that authorities are asking people on the street to stay away from trash cans. In addition, buildings in the area are implementing emergency protocols, including the JFK Library, which has been reportedly evacuated. As witnesses post photos to Twitter, it is clear the city has been thrown into a panic, as people undoubtedly fear the worst. It's especially unsettling given that the start of the marathon began with a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.

Thousands were gathered in the spot of the explosion to cheer on runners and, as video footage of the moment shows, volunteers and police scrambled to help the injured. It was a confusing and chaotic scene as spectators and participants fled in tears. "There were a lot of people down," a man also told WSJ. Added marathon runner Laura McLean, "There are people who are really, really bloody. They were pulling them into the medical tent." Many of the victims were eventually taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Stay tuned for updates as more details are released.

Update 5:00pm ET

The explosions are now officially being called bombings by multiple news sources and at least one undetonated device is said to have been found. Injury and death counts are climbing, in some cases to as high as 12 deaths and 50 injuries. A third incident at JFK library was also just confirmed by Boston Police Department during a press conference. There is at least one report of a suspect being held in custody.

Update 5:30pm ET

According to the NY Post, police are identifying one suspect as a 20-year-old, male Saudi Arabian national. He is being guarded at a Boston hospital. No word on his connection to the bombings or if he's been injured.

Update 6:00pm ET

The Boston Globe is now reporting at least 90 injuries from today's bombings.

Update 6:30pm ET

CNN has reported the unbearable news that an 8-year-old boy is among the 2 confirmed deadThe Boston Globe is now reporting at least 107 injuries. CNN reports at least 8 of those injured are children. 

President Obama gave a brief statement moments ago at the White House. "We still do not know who did this or why ... but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of (this). We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this. ... Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice." The President did not use the word "terrorism" or "terrorist attack." 

Update 11:00pm ET

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis confirmed another death tonight, raising the confirmed death toll to 3. CNN is now reporting at least 140 injuries, some of which included, witnesses say, the loss of limbs and critical shrapnel injuries. There are no confirmed persons of interest and the previously reported "suspect" remains unconfirmed by officials. The Boston Globe most recently reports that the JFK Library incident was likely unrelated to the Marathon bombings.

Note: This last update includes the most current information available to us at this time.

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June Gates Norton

There are only TWO confirmed deceased and 23 confirmed injured. Please dont report until you have all teh actual facts straight. I live in MA and am watching news coverage as I type this.

June Gates Norton

and there is NO report of anyone being held as a suspect - PLEASE stop reporting misinformation!

nonmember avatar Shannon

NBC News has confirmed that over 100 have been treated for injuries. 2 deceased and 23 injured were at one hospital. Other hospitals are confirming more injuries and deaths. I am watching the news too.

nonmember avatar Em

Agreed with June! As of 5:28 Boston news stations are reporting TWO deaths...please retract your misinformation!! Shame on you STIR this blogger should be fired!

nonmember avatar melissa

I also live in MA and on the news they showed the FBI and ATF walking into Brighams to speak to a suspect

nonmember avatar JJ1990

Prayers for everyone in Boston. It's really scary to think there are sickos in the world who would do this.
And it has been reported, on the news, that a suspect is be held, a Saudia international, who has severe burns and shrapnel injuries. They are calling him a "person of interest" and is being guarded at the hospital by police. No word as to why this particular person is considered a suspect.

nonmember avatar Shelby Seitz

And the news has reported that a suspect is in custody. Don't blame others for you not paying attention to what you are watching

bella... bellacazzate

Careful with your sources...


NY Post should NOT be one. Check the Boston PD feed. The Boston Globe. WBUR.

Jennifer M Brown

Please don't get mad at her. My mother heard  it on the news that they do have one suspect and that there are 23 injured and 2 death. This is in Ohio. I also read the something here in San Diego. So before you get on someone. Make sure you get your facts right too, because I learned that reporter from other States get there imformation differnetly from the state that it happen. So you may be right be but you have to understand that she is getting her information from where is she lives. Many prayer for all the victims.

RMT1995 RMT1995

Really, tell me how the New York Post has this info about the supposed 12 deaths before the LIVE Boston stations that I'm watching right now. There was a "person of interest" spoken to, no suspect. CHECK YOUR FACTS!

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