(CNN) —Blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed two people and injured more than 20 others Monday, Boston police said “It felt like a huge cannon,” a witness told CNN about one of the blasts.
Victims were treated at the scene of the first explosion. Hospitals later put the death toll at two — including an 8-year-old boy — and the injuries at more than 110. Many of those had amputated limbsThe marathon itself, on its Facebook page, referred to the blasts as bombs. Authorities did not say immediately what caused the explosions.The marathon itself, on its Facebook page, referred to the blasts as bombs. Authorities did not say immediately what caused the explosions.
Massachusetts General Hospital said it was treating 19 injured people; Tufts Medical Center reported that it was treating nine people. Combined, that brings the number of injured to at least 28. Police reported 22 people injured.
The explosions sent smoke billowing into the air at Copley Square, turning a site of celebration into a mess of destruction.
Crowds had gathered in the area to watch the runners.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Lenox Hotel was evacuated, the Boston Globe reported, as authorities looked into possible security concerns.
“We are currently in contact with federal, state and city officials,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wrote on Twitter.
Other cities, including New York and Washington, tightened security as a result. Following standard protocol, the White House cleared out an area in front of the West Wing.
“If you see something, say something,” Mark Boughton, mayor of Canbury, Connecticut, wrote on Twitter. “All cities will be on a heightened state of alertness per Homeland Security protocols.”
Boston marathon bombing happened on same day as ‘controlled explosion’ drill by Boston bomb squad
(NaturalNews) Two bombs have rocked the streets of Boston and reportedly injured 22 marathon runners (two have reportedly died). It’s too early to know the cause of these explosions, but you can rest assured both the state and federal government will try to use this tragic event to blame whatever convenient enemies are most advantageous for the government.
No one has yet stepped forward to claim responsibility for the bombs, and the fact that no firearms were used in the attack may indicate this was NOT part of a false flag effort by the government to try to blame gun owners. (But it’s still way too early to tell…)
Here at Natural News, we are horrified at this loss of innocent life, and we are praying for the victims of this bombing as well as their families.