Many Injured in Explosions at Boston Marathon
A series of explosions were reported near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to several media outlets. One report quoted “some sort of incident” on Boylston Street, near the finish line.
Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos, The Associated Press reported. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, according to The A.P., whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding, The A.P. said.
The Boston Police Department confirmed that they were looking into an explosion, but had no further comment.
Local television also showed ambulances at the scene.
The headquarters for the organizers of the marathon, one of the world’s oldest, was reportedly locked down while authorities investigate.