Explosion at finish line of Boston Marathon; severe injuries reported
NATIONAL NEWS (cnn) — Two large explosions rocked an area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two and injuring at least 28 people and spewing wreckage in its wake.
“Some of the patients have already received traumatic amputations at the scene. Their limbs were blown off,” Dr. Alasdair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services, said.
FOX44 News has learned that there are several Baton Rouge natives running in that race. So far they do not seem to be part of those injured.
It is not immediately clear what caused the blasts. Authorities rushed to assist the injured and close off the scene.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Lenox Hotel was evacuated, the Boston Globe reported, as authorities looked into possible security concerns.
Video from the moment of one of the blasts showed some people who appeared to be knocked over and then got up, but the video did not clearly show spectators who may have been closer to the site of the blast.
Mike Baingon, who works at the Atlantic Fish Company, said an explosion took place in front of the restaurant and that he was right by the front door at the time.
The explosions occurred at about 2:45 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.
The race was halted after the explosions as was subway service into the area.
Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.
In New York City, authorities stepped up security as well "until more about the explosion is learned," Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said.
We’ve learned that a third device was located and was detonated in a controlled blast. Officials have not confirmed at this time whether or not more explosives have been located.
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