Two explosions were reported in Boston yesterday. The explosions occurred in the Boston Back Bay area at about 2:45 PM EDT (18:45 UTC), on Monday April 15. The explosions occurred after winners had finished the Boston Marathon. One occurred near a sports store, and the other near a viewing stand near the finish line. Explosion locations were reported near 673 Boylston St, or near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter.
Streets have been reported to be littered with debris and blood. Early reports indicate at least two dead and twenty-three wounded, including severe injuries with severed limbs and severe burns. It is quite possible that these numbers will increase as new information comes in.
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Media reports indicate that the immediate area has been secured. Local transit has been discontinued in the affected area of Boston. The nearby Prudential Tower has been evacuated. The FAA has issued a no-fly order over the site under 3,000 ft. In the City of New York, police are stepping up security measures at prominent locations.
Media reports indicate that a senior U.S. intelligence official reported two more explosive devices found in the area; these were being dismantled by local authorities. At the time of this report, the exact cause of the explosions has not been ascertained, those responsible have not yet been identified, and the extent of damage has not yet fully come into focus.
It will of course take time for authorities to assemble and disseminate a focused understanding of this event and its impacts. Further detailed briefings will be released as meaningfully new information becomes available.
Sources: Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, Agence France Presse
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