Two bombs exploded at the Boston marathon today at the finish line. Two people are found dead and more than 100 injured. The two explosions occurred in Copley Square just before 3:00 p.m. and only seconds apart according to MyFoxBoston. Wounded runners and bloodied spectators were treated at nearby tents until emergency vehicles appeared. The maritime security level in Boston was raised from level one to level two; three is the highest level according to the New York Times.
“We’re treating this as an ongoing event at this time,” Edward F. Davis, Boston’s police commissioner, said at a news conference. The first two blasts occurred about 50 to 100 yards apart, Mr. Davis said, about four hours after the start of the men’s race, which meant that there were still several thousand runners yet to finish the course. More than 23,000 runners started the race and 17,600 had already crossed the finish line. Nearly 4,500 other runners did not finish and were led to safety.
The Boston Marathon, established in 1897 and one of the six World Marathon Majors. More than 27,000 runners participated in this year’s Marathon, which takes places every year on Patriot’s Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts.
President Obama addressed the explosion saying “American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight” in the wake of the “senseless loss.” “On days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats,” Obama said. “We are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens … We still do not know who did this, or why. But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. We’ll find out who did this, we’ll find out why they did this.” “Boston is a tough and resilient town,” Obama continued. “So are its people. I am supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other & move forward – as one proud city.” “We will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice,” Obama said.