From Yahoo News
At least 80 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. An eight year old child is one of the two known dead, multiple news outlets reported.
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,” 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.
Boston Medical Center took in 20 patients, including two children, most of whom are being treated for “lower leg injuries,” a spokeswoman said.
President Barack Obama warned Americans in a brief statement Monday evening not to jump to conclusions before authorities find out who committed the act. “We will find out who did this,” Obama said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”