Explosions at Boston Marathon Finish Line (Update: Police Backtrack on Library Fire)

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By  for Reason.com – Two large explosions have disrupted the end of the Boston Marathon. CNN is reporting injuries. The attached photo of one explosion has been posted on Twitter. CNN has reported several injuries. There is a live feed here on CBS of the finish line of the marathon. The wreckage is visible. Sports blog Deadspin also has info here.

We will post updates at Reason 24/7 for those who want to continue following the story. I will endeavor to post updates here as well as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: Here is a link to CBS Boston’s live coverage. Their servers have been hit pretty hard, so it may take a few tries to get a link.

UPDATE: Reason contributor Garrett Quinn has attempted to get to the scene of the explosions and is tweeting about what he’s seeing here.

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UPDATE: Here is clear footage of the explosions from the Boston Globe:

UPDATE: The White House is now in contact with local authorities regarding the investigation of the explosions. The source of the explosions still has not been revealed, but there was an additional controlled explosion by authorities of a suspicious package.

UPDATE: CBS News and a Boston Police Twitter feed are reporting two deaths and 23 injuries so far.

UPDATE: Officials have told NBC News that the explosions were due to devices of some sort.

UPDATE: The FAA has ordered a no-fly zone over the site of the explosions until further notice.

UPDATE: Boston.com has raised the number of people injured to 64.

UPDATE: At a press conference, Boston’s police commissioner said there has been a third explosion at the JFK Library. They don’t know if it’s related to the explosions at the marathon, but they’re treating it as if it is. Bags abandoned at the the site are being treated as potentially dangerous, but they have NOT uncovered additional devices. The commissioner said there were no reports of injuries at the library. There will be another press conference at 7 p.m. EST.

UPDATE: Police are backtracking on whether the JFK incident involved an explosion. On Twitter they’re saying it appears to have been a fire.