Bombing At The Boston Marathon Kills Two, Reportedly Injures More Than 70
As I’m sure you’ve heard already, two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston marathon a few hours ago, and while details are still pretty sketchy, here’s what information you should know so far that has been gathered:
-Two people were reportedly killed in the bombing, and as for how many were hurt, the number has gone up and down. According to ABC News, more than 70 have been injured.
-According to reports, the bombing was caused by two explosives that went off near the finish line before 3 p.m.
“According to law enforcement sources, the first bomb exploded at the Marathon Sports running store, and blew out windows in four nearby buildings, injuring 15 to 20 individuals. The second blast occurred about 50 to 100 yards away, severely injuring more bystanders, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.”
-Many people have been taken to the hospital with everything from burns to amputations.
-At the moment, the commissioner doesn’t say that this is a terrorist attack, but authorities are of course still investigating.
-However, reports say the attack was a very “coordinated” and “sophisticated” attack.
-Sadly, many victims are of course runners who were finishing the race; A great deal of those at hospitals are runners who have dealt with severe leg burns and amputations.
–According to CNN, the Red Cross and Google have set up websites to help people track down their loved ones if they haven’t received any contact with them after the melee.
-From President Obama’s statement at the White House:
“We still do not know who did this or why … but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of (this). We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this. … Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
-Boston police thought they were able to stop a third explosion that happened at the JFK library, but it was actually just an incident of a small fire; It doesn’t seem to be connected to the explosion at the marathon.
-Security has been stepped up in NYC after the bombing in Boston around hotels and in prominent locations in the city.
-The Federal Aviation Commission has halted travel around the area of explosion.
-In Boston, people have been told to avoid trash cans, and areas that could have other small devices and explosives around or in them.
We’ll keep you updated as more info comes on, but please keep the victims and families of those hurt (and the two that have lost their lives) in your prayers at this time.