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Explosions at Boston Marathon Kill at Least 2, Injure Dozens

April 15, 2013


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A pair of explosions killed at least two people and injured dozens more at the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, authorities said. The Associate Press is reporting that at least one unexploded bomb or IED has been found near the marathon route.

"There was an explosion, police, fire and EMS are on the scene," a Boston Police Department spokesman said.

The race was halted before thousands of runners could complete the course, but after top runners had already finished, according to the Washington Post.

Witnesses said they heard two loud reports inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel near the finish line, Fox News reported. The hotel, where the marathon's headquarters are located, was shut down.

The Boston Herald quoted a spectator as saying that someone's leg flew by his head.

On their Twitter page, Boston marathon officials announced: "There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened."

In Washington, D.C., President Obama has been notified of the explosions and said federal law enforcement will provide whatever assistance is necessary.

Video of the event can be seen via CBS Boston.

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