Boston Marathon bombs leave at least 3 dead, over 175 injured
? Racers stopped at the Boston Marathon following explosions. Credit: Mike Crockett
More than 175 people are injured and at least three are dead after a series of two explosions at the Boston marathon. One of the dead includes an 8-year-old child.
Boston Police have confirmed that the explosions were the result of two bombs and they have found two other devices which have been disabled. The explosions happened near the finish line on Bolyston avenue around 2:50 p.m. on Monday.
Another situation nearby at the JFK Memorial library involving a fire was initially being investigated as related to the incident however police say the fire was a mechanical fire and not a bomb.
Police are currently treating all backpacks and parcels left behind in Boston following the explosions as potential devices.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said that Boston will be "opened" tomorrow but it "will not be business as normal." People in and around the city should expect heightened security and bag checks. Patrick said people should be more "vigilant" tomorrow and report any suspicious behavior they witness.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations said that a criminal investigation is ongoing and that it is a potential "terrorist investigation."
President Barack Obama pledged support to Boston officials along with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.
"We will get to the bottom of this," said Obama in a 6 p.m. press conference promising justice to the American people.
Following the explosions, the marathon was immediately stopped and victims were brought to medical tents on scene. A morgue area was established behind the medical tent. More than a dozen of the injuries are said to be critical some involving amputations.
People in the city are being warned to stay away from trash cans and a no-fly zone has been established over Boston. All flights in and out of the city have been canceled until further notice.
Emerson College remains on lock down and is urging student to stay indoors. Meanwhile nearby Boston University is telling students to stay out of the Boylston Avenue area until there are further updates.
The FBI is reaching out to the public for help in the investigation noting that no piece of information is too small. The FBI urges people with information regarding the incident to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Government buildings in Washington D.C. have increased security following the explosions.
Individuals who are looking for family members who were participating in the race are told to head to Boston Commons or call 1.617.635.4500.
The Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon in the nation. It's date coincides with the begining of the American Revolution and the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere.
Over 23,000 people were registered to run in the race.