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April 15, 2013

2 dead, 23 injured in marathon explosions caused by "bombs"

— BOSTON — At least two are reported dead and 23 others injured after two "bombs" went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon this afternoon.

Organizers of the Boston Marathon said on its Facebook page that two bombs caused the explosions on Boylston Street.  A device found by investigators outside the Boston Public Library near the finish line has been detonated.

Eagle-Tribune reporter Jill Harmacinski was at the finish line and heard two explosions. She said "there is blood all over Boylston Street on finish line."

Boston Police report two are dead and 23 people have been injured. Harmacinski saw one man being brought into a marathon medical tent with missing limbs.  The explosion was just before the photo bridge near the finish line and Lenox Hotel and was apparently outside of a building. The explosions were felt blocks away.

Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.

"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. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

Runner Laura McLean of Toronto said she heard two explosions outside the medical tent.

"There are people who are really, really bloody," McLean said. "They were pulling them into the medical tent."

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."

The subway has been shut down in the area. Runners are reportedly being diverted from the area.

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