By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter–
BOSTON, Mass. — Two bombs exploded today around 2:50 p.m. along two different locations on Boylston Street, in downtown Boston. The first explosion occurred near the finish line of the yearly Boston Marathon, according to reports on scene. The second explosion took place just seconds later and approximately 150 meters from the first point of impact. The attack left three people dead and 140+ injured (according to CNN reports from local hospital numbers) — one of the casualties is an 8-year-old child; 17 injuries are critical.
“This is a horrific day in Boston,” said Governor Deval Patrick at a press conference immediately after the attacks. “Boston will be open tomorrow, but it will not be business as usual.”
The incident caused heightened levels of security in places like the nation’s capital, New York city and its airports, San Francisco and other locations.
In a briefing from the White House, President Barack Obama said that his administration would lend all necessary federal assistance to Boston, its residents and local agencies.
“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight. And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss,” said president Obama during his address. “But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.” [pullquote]”This is a horrific day in Boston,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “Boston will be open tomorrow, but it will not be business as usual.”[/pullquote]
The injured were treated by eight area hospitals. According to the Boston Globe, “Massachusetts General Hospital treated 29 people, 8 of whom are in critical condition, Dr. Peter Fagenholz, a trauma surgeon, told reporters at a briefing late this evening. He said ‘several’ people had to have limbs amputated.”
ThinkProgress reported that police “found at least two more devices, which were being dismantled,” while the “Federal Aviation Administration has also set up no-fly zone over the site.”
According to Gov. Patrick’s late night press conference “the FBI has taken the lead in the investigation and said that Boston will have ‘heightened law enforcement presence’ and conduct ‘random checks of backpacks’ tomorrow.”
The Massachusetts National Guard continues to assist local and state authorities following the explosions.
“We offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to the victims of the explosions in Boston today. We are here to assist the Boston Police and provide additional support as it is requested,” said Brig. Gen. Paul G. Smith, the Land Component Commander Massachusetts Army National Guard.
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On behalf of all of The Rainbow Times’ staff, condolences are sent to all of the family and friends of the victims of this act that struck at the heart of Boston.
Other people around the country reacted through social media. From the reactions, via Twitter, are those from President Obama, local/national organizations, as well as those from some celebrities.
Heartbroken over today's events. Grateful to say our staff seem all to be safe. Our thoughts are with all those touched by this tragedy.
— GLAD (@GLADLaw) April 15, 2013
Our hearts and thoughts go out to those affected by the incident at the #BostonMarathon today. Concerned families should call 617-635-4500.
— MassEquality (@massequality) April 15, 2013
"All Americans stand with the people of Boston." —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2013
My heart is breaking for everyone effected or injured in the explosion at the Boston Marathon. God bless you all! My prayers are with you!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 15, 2013
Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) April 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Boston. Please stay safe.
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) April 15, 2013
As members of a community that loves and cherishes the city of Boston, our thoughts are with those impacted by… http://t.co/osTgsa51iA
— Boston Pride (@bostonpride) April 15, 2013
Let's all send our thoughts, our prayers and our energy to the people injured in Boston. My heart is with you.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the city of Boston and all of those affected by this terrible incident.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 15, 2013
So many unspeakable tragedies! My heart, love and prayers go out to anyone affected by the sad events in Boston. #PrayForBoston
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) April 15, 2013
The Rainbow Times‘ staff has been updating the reports via Facebook and Twitter. Please check out TRT’s social media for more updates or to read how this heinous act was reported as it unfolded. Police and FBI officials are investigating the crime scene and will continue to report on findings and possible suspects. For more information about what took place hour to hour, see this CNN timeline, photos and video of the explosion and aftermath.
[Featured image is the Facebook Cover Photo for Boston].