Boston Marathon Explosion Leaves Many Victims
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Two explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon have caused dozens of injuries and two fatalities. The explosions occurred near the finish line of the marathon.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said at a Monday evening press conference over 100 people had been injured in the blasts.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis added in the conference that there are no suspects, contrary to some media reports. The Federal Bureau of Investigations has taken over the investigation and will work with state and local authorities. A investigator for the FBI said at the press conference the explosions are a potential terrorist investigation.
Davis said earlier on Monday, simultaneous explosions occurred around 2:50 p.m. ET within 50 and 100 yards of each other, causing multiple casualties. Davis wouldn't confirm cite a number for casualties, but reports of the casualty count vary.The Boston Police said on Twitter that 2 people have died while 22 were injured. The New York Post reported that 12 people have lost their lives. The White House and President Barack Obama were notified of the tragedies, and Obama delivered a statement to the nation in the Brady Press Briefing Room shortly after 6 P.M. "We don't yet have all the answers," Obama said during the statement. He took the time to thank and salute those who helped and aided in the aftermath of the crisis. "We salute all those who assisted and responded quickly and responsibly to this tragedy." It's still unclear who did this, but Obama noted that the party(ies) involved would be met with swift action. "We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this," Obama said. Any responsible groups "will feel the full weight of justice." According to media reports the explosions are now being labeled an act of terror. "Shortly after being notified of the incident around 3pm EDT, the President received a briefing from Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and other members of his senior White House staff in the Oval Office," said a White House official, citing a pool report. "The President called Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to express his concern for those who were injured and to make clear that his administration is ready to provide needed support as they respond to the incident." Below are pictures of the explosions from the finish line via Twitter.
What the fuck just happened? #bostonmarathon twitter.com/theoriginalwak...— Tyler Wakstein (@theoriginalwak) April 15, 2013
We were so close it was scary. Felt the force of the explosion. People were fleeing and victims were scattered. twitter.com/JackieBrunoNEC...— Jackie Bruno (@JackieBrunoNECN) April 15, 2013
Explosion at the Boston Marathon. #bostonmarathon Media locked down at nearby hotel. twitter.com/907RAVFM/statu...— 90.7 RAV FM (@907RAVFM) April 15, 2013Davis has confirmed a third incident occurred at JFK Library in Boston. He also confirmed a controlled explosion on Boylston Street in Boston. It is unclear at this time whether the events are related. The Boston Police Twitter account later said the third incident was fire related. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said that there is an active investigation in the blast area, which has been labeled a crime scene. Patrick said Boston would be open on Tuesday, however, he urged residents to be in a heightened state of vigilance. "
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