By a Newsnet reporter
Three people are confirmed dead after two explosions hit the city of Boston. The explosions occurred near the end of the Boston Marathon as the crowd watched competitors approach the finish.
Speaking to CBS news, competitor Laura McLean of Toronto said she heard two explosions outside the medical tent.
“There are people who are really, really bloody,” she said. “They were pulling them into the medical tent.”
Cherie Falgoust told a CBS reporter she was waiting for her husband, who was running the race.
“I was expecting my husband any minute,” she said. “I don’t know what this building is … it just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don’t know what it was. I just ducked.”
Early reports say that three people are confirmed dead and over 100 people injured, some with horrific injuries. Although the cause of the explosions has yet to be confirmed, there are reports that “other devices” have been found and disabled.
One witness has said he saw a garbage container explode. Other witnesses spoke of seeing people on the ground with horrific injuries, some with limbs missing.
Early reports that the JFK library was also hit by related explosions have now been dismissed. The Boston Globe is tweeting updates as they come in: https://twitter.com/BostonGlobe.
It has been confirmed that areas of the White House have been locked down following the explosions. The Chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee in the Whitehouse has described the explosions as a “terrorist incident”. However Dianne Feinsteine has not ruled out home grown terrorism.
President Obama in an address to the nation warned against “jumping to conclusions” but vowed that the perpetrators would be apprehended.
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