At least 105 people are injured and two dead after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. The injuries include dismemberment, witnesses said, and local hospitals say they are treating shrapnel wounds, open fractures and limb injuries. An eight-year-old boy is one of the two known dead, multiple news outlets reported, and several of the injured are also children.
Authorities are telling Boston residents to stay home and avoid crowds as they try to “stabilize” the situation.
“We recommend to people that they stay home,” Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said at a brief press conference Monday afternoon. “We want to make sure that we completely stabilize the situation.”
“We are asking that people … calmly make their way home,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.
Davis said Boston police were not aware of any specific threat to the marathon before it began. Police have no one in custody, but are questioning many people.
Two large explosions, just 50 yards apart, went off shortly before 3 p.m. ET, more than four hours into the race. One of the explosions happened near the entrance of the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Copley Square. The blast scattered hundreds of onlookers and runners, and left a bloody scene of injured spectators, including children. Local news reporter Jackie Bruno wrote that she saw some people with their limbs blown off. The Boston Police Department said it is looking for video footage taken from the finish line as part of its investigation.
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