Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Three dead, 130 injured by explosions at Boston Marathon

Two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, injuring 130 people and killing three. According to reports, injuries include dismemberment, shrapnel wounds, open fractures and limb injuries. An 8-year-old boy is one of three known dead, multiple news outlets reported.

State officials implored Bostonians to report any suspicious packages to police, as the FBI has taken over the investigation treated as a potential terrorist attack. The police had no suspect in custody, and authorities found and dismantled five more explosive devices in the area. However, the Boston Globe reported that a "person of interest" who was injured in the blast was being questioned at a local hospital Monday night.

Two large explosions, just 50 yards apart, went off at 2:50 p.m. eastern time, more than four hours into the race. One of the explosions happened near the entrance of the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Copley Square. The blast scattered hundreds of onlookers and runners and left a bloody scene among spectators, including children. President Barack Obama warned Americans in a brief statement Monday evening not to jump to conclusions before authorities find out who committed the crime. "We will find out who did this," he said. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

In response to the explosions, the New York Police Department is stepping up security around the city. Yellow police tape was used to block off Pennsylvania Avenue from the front of the White House's north gates and secret service were positioned along the perimeter.

Let us all pray for the city of Boston and everyone that came in from out of town to participate.

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