Explosions Rock Boston Marathon Finish Line. Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators. A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices were found nearby.
One runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, said the blasts tore limbs off dozens of people. As smoke rose over the glass-strewn street, bloody spectators were carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
There was no immediate word on the motive or who may have launched the attack. Some 27,000 runners took part in the 26.2-mile race, one of the world’s premier marathons.
Commissioner Davis says bomb squads “may be blowing things up over the next few hours” as they search for other explosive devices. Many of the people who fled the bombings left bags behind, and each is being treated as a suspicious device, he said.
Massachusetts General Hospital said it was treating 19 injured people, six of whom are in critical condition; Tufts Medical Center reported that some injured were being treated there as well. A spokeswoman for Brigham and Women’s Hospital says as many as 20 victims have been taken there as well.
Mike Baingon, who works at the Atlantic Fish Company in Boston, said an explosion took place in front of the restaurant and that he was right by the front door at the time.
The explosions occurred at about 2:45 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race’s nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.
Commissioner Davis says the explosions occurred approximately 50 to 100 yards apart near the finish line.
The explosions sent smoke billowing into the air at Copley Square, turning a site of celebration into a mess of destruction.
Crowds had gathered in the area to watch the runners.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Lenox Hotel was evacuated, the Boston Globe reported, as authorities looked into possible security concerns.
The race was halted as was subway service into the area.
Officials in other cities, including New York, tightened security as a result.
Federal authorities have also imposed temporary flight restrictions over central Boston, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said. The restrictions bar air traffic below 3,000 feet for three nautical miles around the bombing site and do not affect commercial air traffic at the city’s international airport, Salac said.