Two blasts tore through runners and bystanders Monday at the Boston Marathon leaving at least three people dead and more than 140 injured.
The two blasts only being seconds apart spewed smoke about 20 feet into the air. After the smoke cleared, dozens could be seen injured, some laying unconscious and some with dismembered limbs.
An 8 year-old boy was confirmed to be among one of the three dead.
The street was covered in debris and blood after the blasts occurred around 2:50 p.m. ET.
As it currently stands, there are no primary suspects. Although there was one “person of interest” questioned. They are not in law enforcement custody.
On person of interest:The situation remains fluid and it remains too early to establish the cause and motivation.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
The Associated Press recently reported police that are investigation the explosions are searching an apartment.
Journalists, politicians and law enforcement have been careful and cautious not to jump to conclusions on possible groups or individuals.
The FBI has taken charge of this incident as a criminal investigation. The agency has set up a phone line for members of the public to call with information about the explosions. The call-in number is 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt (hash)3.
Shortly after the explosions, reports started coming out stating that the JFK Library had also been hit with an explosion. It was later ruled out as a fire but wether it was related to the two explosions is not verifiable yet.
JFK LIBRARY BLAST UPDATE: Boston police not certain, but treating reported blast as related to Marathon explosions on.rt.com/xcdftw
— RT (@RT_com) April 15, 2013
Around 6:10 p.m., President Obama gave an address vowing, “We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts, but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this.”
It has been confirmed that as many as two unexploded bombs have been found by law enforcement near the end of the course, but were safely disarmed.
UPDATE: Governor Patrick said at a press meeting this morning that there was 2 devices that exploded and no other bombs or devices were found.
The Boston Marathon is one of Massachusetts oldest and most prestigious events and is held on Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution, at Concord and Lexington in 1775.