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Monday, 15 April 2013

Massive Explosion Rocks Boston Marathan. ****Viewer Discretion Is Advised.****

Two people have been killed and 23 injured after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, police say. The blasts shattered the carnival atmosphere of one of the biggest sporting events in the US, causing panic and confusion. Bloodied victims were initially rushed to a medical tent set up to care for fatigued runners. Emergency services descended on the scene, which was quickly locked down. The cause of the explosions has yet to be confirmed.

A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital in the city told Reuters news agency that it was treating 19 victims of the explosion in its emergency room, but information about their condition was not immediately available. The incident reportedly came about two hours after the winners crossed the line. The Associated Press news agency said there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the bridge that marks the finish line.
Another loud explosion could be heard a few seconds later, and smoke could be seen rising from the scene of the blasts. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the shopping and tourist area known as Back Bay. Mike Mitchell of Vancouver, Canada, a runner who had finished the race, said he was looking back at the finish line when he saw a "massive explosion."Smoke rose 50ft (15m) in the air, he told Reuters news agency, and people began running away and screaming after hearing the noise. "Everybody freaked out," he said. Stragglers heading for the finish line were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. The annual Boston Marathon attracting a large field of runners and tens of thousands of spectators. British police are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon, the next major international marathon, following events in Boston.

Culled BBC News
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