A day normally reserved for celebration turned terrifying on Monday when reportedly two blasts went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Copley Square. The blasts reportedly occurred 20 seconds appeared, one near the finish and the other further up Boylston Street.
The race has been stopped, and spokesman Marc Davis said runners are now being diverted to the family area on Commonwealth Avenue
One eyewitness described the scene as there being "blood everywhere," and
Boston Police has now confirmed that three people are dead and "at least 20" are seriously injured.
Update 23 injuries2 dead #tweetfromthebeat via @cherylfiandaca— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 15, 2013
Details are still somewhat fuzzy, as is to be expected in a situation like this, but there reports police have found three separate, undetonated devices, and that both the Mandarin and Lenox hotels have been evacuated.
Boston.com sports producer Steve Silva was at the finish line when the blasts went off and filed this report:
"I was there at the finish, shooting finish line scenes, and then bang, it just went off, and then less than 15 to 20 seconds after there was a second explosion, closer to Fairfield street," Silva said.
"It was just immediately [evident] there were injuries, right in the middle of the spectator crowds. There was blood everywhere, there were victims being carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg, people are crying, people are confused."
"It was just an explosion, it came out of nowhere. There are multiple injuries. I saw dismemberment, I saw blood everywhere. People are badly injured."
SBNation.com is providing updates in a StoryStream as more information becomes available.
For now, the Boston Marathon finish line, typically one of the most joyous and celebratory spots in all of sports, has been evacuated and is under a police lockdown.