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GoLocal’s Coverage of the Boston Marathon Explosions

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 

Multiple explosions turned the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon into a tragic and terrifying scene late yesterday afternoon. The two explosions occurring just hundreds of feet apart drew at least three casualties and injured more than 100 people.

President Obama responded late Monday afternoon to the tragic incident that occurred in Boston at the finish line of the city's renowned Patriot's Day marathon. After speaking with congressional leaders, the President expressed a message of unity as Americans, eliminating party lines.

“I have spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families,” he said. “And above all I made it clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.”

The President also expressed praise for emergency services personnel who responded immediately after the explosions.

“Boston Police, firefighters and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically and continue to do so as we speak,” he said. “We will find out who did this and will find out why they did this. Any individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.” he said.

Watch video of the President's speech here.

Reports of casualties and severe injuries became available as media outlets blew up with first-hand accounts from the scene. Reports of two major explosions just 12 seconds apart were confirmed. Another incendiary device was also reported.

See video from the scene here.

Early reports of two deaths quickly turned to three, with at least 130 people being treated at local hospitals. View breaking News report from sports reporter Scott Cordischi.

"This is a horrific day in Boston," said Governor Deval Patrick as details became available. See the Governor's statement here.

Eyewitness accounts began to materialize from the scene as those in the city attempted to reach friends and family.

See one mom's account as she waited for her daughter at the finish line.

Another account said it sounded like a cannon had gone off. See one Harvard student's account here. 

Senator Mo Cowan and Massachusetts leaders reacted issuing statements in support of the families and victims of the terrible tragedy.

“My prayers are with those injured and lost in today’s horrific events," said Cowan. "As this situation continues to develop and our first responders continue their effort to ensure the safety of our friends and family in Boston, there are still far more questions than answers."

To see additional reaction click here. 

 

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