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Two people were killed and more than 100 people were injured this afternoon as two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston’s Back Bay section, transforming a scene of athletic celebration into bloody chaos.
President Barack Obabma promised that whoever set off the explosives would be found and brought to justice.
“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” he told reporters shortly after 6 p.m.. “But make no mistake. we will get to the bottom of this … Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
Blood and broken glass covered sidewalks in the area where the blasts occurred just before 3 p.m. Immediately after the explosions, some of the wounded could be seen to have lost limbs; others lay unconscious.
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Asked if the explosions were a terrorist act, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said, “We’re not being definitive on this right now, but you can reach your own conclusions based on what happened.’
The Federal Aviation Administration said it had implemented a no-fly zone around an area of Boston at the request of law enforcement officials and temporarily stopped planes on the ground at Logan International Airport to change the runway configuration.
Davis said the attacks had occurred without warning to officials.
Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement that it was a “horrific day in Boston” and that authorities were focusing on making sure the area around the Copley Square finish line was safe and secured. He urged everyone to stay away from the area.
Davis had said earlier that there had been a third explosion at the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester. But he downplayed those comments at a later news conference, suggesting that the incident might not have been an explosion.
Hundreds of police officers and firefighters descended on the scene immediately after the blasts, clearing the finish-line viewing stands. FBI, State Police, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were among the investigators, officials said.
Bomb squads were searching the area, said Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department. Officials said another explosion, heard in the city around 4 p.m., was a “controlled blast” staged as part of bomb squad activity.
“There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today’s Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened,” the Boston Athletic Association, the organization that runs the marathon, a magnet for runners from all over the world, said in a statement.