A series of explosions were reported near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to several media outlets. One report quoted “some sort of incident” on Boylston Street, near the finish line.
On Monday afternoon, explosions were detonated near the finish line of the Boston marathon, which attracted 27,000 participants from 56 countries.
Some reports are linking the blasts to terrorism activities. However, there has been no official reaction from the US government. Competitors and race organisers were crying as they fled the chaos, The Associated Press reported. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, according to The A.P., whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. read more
He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding, The A.P. said.
The Boston Police Department confirmed that they were looking into an explosion, but had no further comment.
The headquarters for the organisers of the marathon, one of the world’s oldest, was reportedly locked down while authorities investigate.
As of the time of filling this report, according to Mail Online, 12 people were reportedly dead and 60 injured.
Two unexploded bombs were also reportedly found near the scene of the explosion, while almost an hour after the first two explosions, another bomb exploded at J.F. Kennedy Library.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has ordered probe into the cause of the blasts.
Authorities have also declared a no fly zone over the scene of the bomb blasts, while all citizens were advised to stay at home and avoid large crowd.