3 dead, dozens injured in Boston Marathon explosions

3 dead, dozens injured in Boston Marathon explosions

CREATED Apr. 15, 2013

BOSTON (AP) -- Three people were killed and dozens more injured in the explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line.

The Boston Marathon said bombs caused the two explosions heard at the finish line and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what happened.

Organizers made the announcement on the group's Facebook page on Monday.

Boston police said there's been a third explosion in the city, following the two blasts near the finish line.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis said authorities aren't certain the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they're treating them as if they are.

David said there were no injuries stemming from the third explosion.

Authorities have headed onto the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the site.

Witnesses describe twin explosions at marathon finish

BOSTON (AP) -- Spectators and runners are describing the twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

One woman says she was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line, and, in her words, "it just blew." She described it as "a loud boom, and then glass everywhere." Cherie Falgoust says something hit her head, and she "just ducked."

A runner, Laura McLean of Toronto, says she heard two explosions outside the medical tent. She says, "There are people who are really, really bloody." McLean says, "they were pulling them into the medical tent."

The explosions took place about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line. The second one could be heard a few seconds after the first one.

A runner said, "There are a lot of people down."

Marathon workers were seen carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg.

Obama notified about explosions at Boston Marathon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama has been notified about the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The White House says the administration is in contact with state and local authorities and directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response.

Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call with gun control activists when staffers turned on televisions in his office Monday to view coverage of the explosions. Biden said during the call that his prayers were with those who suffered injuries.