Carnage and mayhem on what should have been a beautiful day in Boston for the the running of the Marathon. Two explosions occurred near the finish line in Copley Square which is in lock down right now. The first explosion came from Marathon Place and the second a little farther down the road. Boston Police say there are 2 dead, 98 injured. 2 other bombs have been found. The earlier reports are a 3rd explosion that happened at 4:30pm at the JFK Library in Dorchester does not now seem to be related.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said reports of a ‘person of interest’ in police custody is NOT true – that many are being questioned as investigators try to get more witness reports.
President Obama addressed the nation just after 6pm saying it’s not known who’s behind the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon, but quote, “we’ll get to the bottom of this.”
Emerson College and the Fairmont Copley Hotel are in lock down. Both the Green line, specifically the B and C trains, as well as the Orange line are now running again but on a limited rotation. Logan Airport is open but security has been heightened. The FAA temporarily created a no fly zone over Copley Square but that has been lifted. No visitors are being allowed in Mass General Hospital, they are under a Code Amber alert.
Cell phone service has been shut down in case any of these bombs could be detonated that way. We’ve been told that people are able to text.
Governor Deval Patrick has asked that people stay away from Boston and not to travel in large groups.Two phone lines are available – one for families trying to find their loved ones – 617-635-4500 and the other for anyone who may have information that can help police – 1-800-494-TIPS. The National Guard and State Police have been fully deployed.
The explosions occurred just before 3 p.m. Video of the scene showed a number of emergency crews in the area tending to victims and blood on the ground near the finish line, in some cases, people covered in blood, and some without limbs.
As you can imagine with a race this size, the security and media is there in large numbers. Precautions are being taken, people are being warned not to go near trash cans and avoid the entire area if they can.