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April 15, 2013

2 killed as 2 bombs explode at Boston Marathon

BOSTON —

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the

Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 23 others

and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators. A

senior U.S. intelligence official said two other explosive devices

were found nearby.

One runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, said the blasts tore limbs

off dozens of people. As smoke rose over the glass-strewn street,

bloody spectators were carried to the medical tent that had been set

up to care for fatigued runners.

There was no immediate word on the motive or who may have

launched the attack. Some 27,000 runners took part in the 26.2-mile

race, one of the world’s premier marathons.

“There are people who are really, really bloody,” said Laura McLean,

a runner from Toronto, who was in the medical tent being treated for

dehydration when she was pulled out to make room for victims of

the explosions. “They were pulling them into the medical tent.”

About two hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud

explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo

bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a

few seconds later.

The Boston Marathon said that bombs caused the two explosions

and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what

happened. The Boston Police Department said two people were

killed and 23 others injured.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the two other explosive

devices found nearby were being dismantled. The official spoke on

condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss

the findings publicly.

A third explosion was heard about an hour after the first two after

authorities warned spectators to expect a loud noise from a water

cannon that police apparently were using to destroy one of the

devices.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos.

Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured while race

stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Roupen Bastajian, a 35-year-old state trooper from Smithfield, R.I.,

had just finished the race when they put the heat blanket wrap on

him and he heard the first blast.

“I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over

the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started

tying legs. A lot of people amputated. ... At least 25 to 30 people have

at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing.”

A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury

that was bleeding.

“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, 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.

Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags

lining the route of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon.

TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the

popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.

Cherie Falgoust was waiting for her husband, who was running the

race.

“I was expecting my husband any minute,” she said. “I don’t know

what this building is ... it just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom,

and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don’t know

what it was. I just ducked.”

Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down

Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to

an emergency plan that had been in place.



Associated Press writers Jay Lindsay and Steve LeBlanc in Boston

and Lara Jakes in Washington contributed to this report.

 


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