-According to Boston.com, officials said there would be a third controlled explosion as part of a bomb squad activities
This is from Reuters:
Vice President Joe Biden, in a telephone conference call about proposals to tighten gun laws, offered his prayers as he reacted to images he saw on television from Boston.
“As I’m speaking here, they just turned on the television here in my office. Apparently there has been a bombing. I don’t know any of the details about what caused it, who did it. I don’t think it exists yet,” Biden said.
"But our prayers are with those people in Boston who have suffered injury. I don’t know how many of them there are. I’m still looking at it on television now,” he said.
Boston Police have just confirmed that two are dead, and 23 injured
According to the AFP, New York police are stepping up security around key landmarks, including hotels and prominent locations around the city.
The Boston Marathon organizers have just issued a statement on Facebook. Here's what they wrote:
“There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened,” organizers said on
This is from Globe reporter Laura Hubbard:
Ottawa’s Jen Hartley had just finished the marathon when she heard the first explosion.
Hartley had passed the area where medals and food was distributed, and was talking to another runner.
“We were like ‘oh my God!’ It was this massive sound and it sounded like an explosion.”
Hartley didn’t hear what had happened until ten minutes later.
Hartley has contacted her friends and family to tell them she’s okay. She’s currently in her hotel, with a handful of other people, she said, glued to the news.
“I’m trying to stay out of the street because you don’t know what’s going on out there. I just need to figure out how to get out of here.”
Reuters now reporting that police in Washington are also heightening security after the Boston explosions. According to Reuters, the area in front of the White House is now cordoned off with tape.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has commented on the explosion via Twitter:
"Shocked to hear the news from Boston. Thoughts are with those who are affected," he said.
Here's another report from The Globe's Laura Hubbard:
Calgary’s Blaine Penny said he was around 500 metres away from the Boston Common’s when two explosions happened near the Boston Marathon’s finish line, today.
Walking from a friend’s hotel to his own - located a kilometre out of the downtown area - where he was to meet his wife and daughter, Penny said he heard two loud explosions.
“They sounded like bombs. It was definitely louder than a gunshot.”
Penny and other spectators and runners around him “stopped dead in our tracks.”
Penny’s flight home is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. He is still unsure if the explosions will impact his travel plans.
From The Globe's Jill Mahoney:
Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, said via Twitter that his office is in contact with federal, state and city officials.
From the Associated Press, a runner who had just finished the race describes the scene:
"Roupen Bastajian, a 35-year-old state trooper from Rhode Island, had just finished the race when they put the heat blanket wrap on him and he heard the first blast.
“I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated. ... At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing.”
Another update from The Associated Press:
The Federal Aviation Administration warned pilots that it had created a no-fly zone over the site of the explosions in Boston.
The agency said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometre) radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet (914 metres) in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing.
The notice said the no-fly zone is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Pilots planning flights were urged to call their local flight service station.
Tweet from Andrew Ference, who plays defence for the Boston Bruins: