A series of bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, leaving two people dead and more than two dozen injured, according to the Boston Police Department.
A third explosion was heard just before 4 p.m., about an hour after the first two blasts. The police were apparently aware of that device before the explosion occurred.
The Associated Press, citing an intelligence official, said that two other devices were found at the marathon and were being dismantled.
People were being cleared from an area near the Copley Plaza Hotel because a package was found on a footbridge nearby.
The blasts took place about four hours after the start of the men’s race, which meant that there were still several thousand runners yet to finish the race.
The Boston police confirmed they were looking into the explosions, but made no further comment. A senior United States government official said that the Boston police and the F.B.I. said they had received no reports in recent days about a threatened attack on the marathon and that there was no warning on Monday.
Several news outlets reported that a loud explosion was heard on the north side of Boylston Street, near a photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion was heard several seconds later. —
The New York Times, “Boston Marathon Blasts Kill Two, Police Say”
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