Boston Marathon Bomb Explosion


What awful news to wake up to this morning,

my thoughts and prayers go to the runners, spectators and emergency services workers on this terrible day.

I will never understand the  motive for killing innocent people like this, targeting innocent runners and their supporters, absolutely disgusting.

Two bombs have this morning shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line, leaving the streets awash with blood.

Following the two blasts police reportedly found another explosive device and detonated it themselves before it went off. Two more devices had also been found, intelligence officials said.

Marathon organisers confirmed two bombs had gone off during the race.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.

 


 

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On television footage one person said: “Oh my God, they’re dead.”

The Boston Police Department said two people were killed and 23 others injured. Nine have been critically injured.

Kiwi and former Alliance Party MP, Laila Harre, told RadioLive she had just crossed the finish line when the explosions happened. She was little more than a couple of hundred metres away and evacuated immediately.

Athletics New Zealand confirmed there were 45 Kiwi runners contesting the marathon. There were no reports of Kiwis being injured at this stage.

About two hours after the winners crossed the line of America’s oldest and most prestigious marathon, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

One runner, a Rhode Island state police officer, said he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries, including up to 30 with missing limbs.

Boston Marathon organisers said bombs caused the two explosions and that organisers were working with authorities to determine what happened.

The White House said President Barack Obama had been notified about the explosions. The administration said it was in contact with state and local authorities and the president directed his administration to provide whatever assistance was necessary in the investigation and response.

The US Air Force was now patrolling the airspace over Boston. The FAA has closed airspace over the site of the two blasts.

THE SCENE

“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. 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.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Roupen Bastajian, a 35-year-old state trooper from Rhode Island, had just finished the race when they put the heat blanket wrap on him and he heard the first blast.

“I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated. … At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing.”

A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags lining the route of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.

Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to an emergency plan that had been in place.

Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to an emergency plan that had been in place.

The nearby Prudential Tower, the city’s second-tallest building with an upscale shopping mall on the ground, was evacuated, along with the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel, according to media reports.

Race day got started with 26 seconds of silence in honour of the victims of the December school shooting in Connecticut. A little more than two hours later, the lead runners passed the Mile 26 marker, which was decorated with the Newtown, Connecticut, seal and dedicated to the memory of those killed there.

The annual 26.2-mile (42-km) marathon takes place on Patriot’s Day, a state holiday that celebrates the evacuation of Boston by the British in the American Revolution.

WASHINGTON ON ALERT

Police have heightened security around Washington after two explosions struck the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on, Washington police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf said.

The area in front of the White House was cordoned off with tape after news of the explosions broke.

Some areas in New York were also under a heightened security.

RACE WINNER

Earlier this morning, NZ time, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia took the title in the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon, winning a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds.

In just his second race at the 26.2-mile distance, Desisa finished 5 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Micah Kogo to earn $150,000 and the traditional olive wreath. Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia was another second behind him, in third place, with American Jason Hartmann matching his 2012 finish by coming in fourth.

Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race earlier for her second Boston victory. Jeptoo, who also won in 2006, finished in 2:26:25 for her first win in a major race since taking two years off after having a baby.

 

Update: Confirmation now that there were three bombs, very sad

 

 

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