Live blog: Bombings at the Boston Marathon

Live blog: Bombings at the Boston Marathon

  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:20:13 PM

    Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.”

    — Deval Patrick (@MassGovernor) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:21:20 PM

    Again, 19 patients at Mass General; six patients are critical, at least four with leg amputations. Six patients in surgery @metrobos

    — Amanda Art (@BostonNewsNerd) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:22:06 PM

    Please note: the FAA has announced a ground stop for Boston Logan airport until further notice.

    — Boston Logan Airport (@BostonLogan) April 15, 2013

  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 4/15/2013 9:22:47 PM
    The National Hockey League has postponed tonight’s Boston Bruins game against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. The game was scheduled to take place at 7 p.m.

    The game will be rescheduled, according to the league. The Bruins have seven regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Their next game is scheduled for Wednesday at home against the Buffalo Sabres.

    - Fluto Shinzawa, Globe staff
  • RT @BostonUrbEx: Most Storrow ramps closed. Statue cruiser flying down esplanade pedestrian path. #boston @universalhub
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:23:02 PM

    4,496 runners didn't cross the finish line. A total of 27,000 started the race.

    — Eric Wilbur (@GlobeEricWilbur) April 15, 2013
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:23:19 PM

    Tufts Medical Center evacuated, our reporter on the scene says. Family members, visitors ordered to leave, but not patients. Block shut down

    — Cynthia Needham (@globecynthia) April 15, 2013

  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:23:30 PM

    SWAT, state police, military are gathered on Boston Common

    — Martine Powers (@martinepowers) April 15, 2013

  • People should expect to see high police visibility at key locations #tweetfromthebeat
  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:23:46 PM

    Looking out on Comm. Ave as marathon runners were re-routed. (Meghan Harrington)

  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:24:49 PM

    #northeastern's campus is open and ready if you need help, assistance and comfort. We are here for you.

    — President Aoun (@PresidentAoun) April 15, 2013

  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 4/15/2013 9:25:06 PM
    Police Commissioner Davis said that “there were simultaneous explosions” along the finish line of the marathon route, and “each one resulted in multiple casualties.”

    He also confirmed a third explosion at the JFK Library and said “we are not certain that these incidents are related, but we are treating them as if they are.”

    He urged city residents to stay inside and not congregate in large groups.

    “People should be calm, but they should understand that this is an ongoing event.”

    Davis said that authorities are searching the bags that spectators left as they fled the scene of the Boylston Street explosions, but “at this point we have not found another device.”

    Governor Deval Patrick reiterated that residents should remain at home and remain calm.
    “We’ve had a horrific attack here in Boston this afternoon,” Patrick said.

    - Travis Anderson, Globe staff
  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:25:23 PM

    Couple just reunited.…

    — Megan Johnson (@megansarahj) April 15, 2013

  • anne.steele 4/15/2013 9:25:41 PM

    Video from @bostonglobe of the explosions at the Boston Marathon from the finish line. Graphic

    — Andrew Ba Tran (@abtran) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:25:46 PM

    Photo of Obama getting briefed on the Boston explosions.

    — Matt Viser (@mviser) April 15, 2013

  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:25:51 PM
    From's Jackie Reiss and Matt Rocheleau in Kenmore Square:

    In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions, runners and spectators in the Kenmore Square area reacted with shock as police and other personnel tried to bring order to the chaos.

    Marathoner Maggie Blanchard, 39, said she had been looking forward to finishing her final mile when another runner stopped her near the intersection of Massachusetts and Commonwealth avenues and told her the race was over.

    Blanchard, wrapped in a garbage bag to keep warm Monday afternoon, distractedly looked east as she said that she hadn't gotten in touch with her father yet, who was waiting for her near the finish line.

    After using a passerby's phone and leaving yet another frantic message for her father, Blanchard hurriedly headed toward the MBTA bus parked a few steps away.

    Runner Paige Scofield, 26, said she knew something was wrong when she saw other marathoners begin to slow and come to a stop.

    "Everyone was just standing around," she said. "When I heard, I was terrified. My fiancé was supposed to be waiting for me at the the finish line."

    Luckily, her fiance Francisco Contijoch, 26, was underground at the Hynes station when police began evacuating him.

    "I couldn't walk anywhere," he said. "I tried looking for her."

    The couple described a frantic waiting period where they couldn't get in touch - Contijoch's phone had died, and Scofield didn't run with her phone - until they spotted each other near commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenues.

    "We were lucky," Contijoch said.

    A school bus shuttled Boston police down Commonwealth ave near Massachusetts Avenue Monday afternoon. At the corner of Massachusetts and Commonwealth avenues, police used megaphones to tell passersby to evacuate the area.

    "There have been some explosions. Please evacuate the area," police said on the megaphones. "We're looking for secondary devices."

    Runners were directed to take MBTA buses to Boston Common.

    Between the Kenmore and Copley square areas, hundreds of people used their cell phones to try to reach loved ones. Many said they were having trouble sending messages and making calls.

    Arielle Valdez, a 21-year-old senior at Boston University, said she and her friends were walking toward the Boston Marathon finish line when they heard news that explosions had gone off there.

    Valdez said she and her friends were near the corner of Commonwealth and Massachusetts avenue just a few blocks away from the finish line and might have been closer to, or at, Copley Square had they not made several unplanned stops to watch the race.

    "It's something you wouldn't expect during the Boston Marathon," she said, sniffling and wiping tears from her cheeks.

    "It's not a time for anything like this," she added. "We were here to support the runners but not through a time of grief. This is messed up."

    Valdez and her friends, Molly Harrison and Yelena Shuster, both 21-year-old seniors at BU, stayed in the area amid the chaos, handing out their own supplies of water, food and offering cell phones for runners and spectators desperately trying to reach loved ones.

    "It's the most scary thing - especially because no one has [cellular] service," said Valdez.

    Moments after news outlets sent out alerts and after the news hit social media, some runners continued along the route through Kenmore Square unaware of what had happened.

    Others slowed and stopped as they checked cell phones.
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:26:39 PM

    Brookline residents offering up their homes to stranded #BostonMarathon runners.

    — WickedLocalBrookline (@BrooklineTAB) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:27:21 PM

    RT @jamn945: RT @boston_ems: The heroism shown today by emergency responders and volunteers was extraordinary

    — Greater Boston YDM (@GBYoungDems) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:27:37 PM

    Bomb witness: "We heard a big boom like a cannon ... and could see a big plume of smoke. We smelled gunpowder"

    — Cape Cod Times (@capecodtimes) April 15, 2013

  • Crime scene now extends to Hereford St. People are being allowed to leave, but not to enter.
  • RT @small_affair: @Sohzay PPL who were at #BostonMarathon can use this site to let people know they are okay. C ...
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:28:28 PM

    Just got some numbers from the BAA: 23,326 started the marathon. Of those, 17,584 finished. 4,496 did not.

    — Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 15, 2013

  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:28:30 PM

    Here's a photo of President Barack Obama being briefed about the explosion:

  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:29:04 PM

    At least 90 patients brought to area hospitals in #bostonmarathon blast. Boston Medical Center says their 20 includes 2 children.

    — Kay Lazar (@GlobeKayLazar) April 15, 2013

  • Massive police and military presence in city now. Boston Common full of uniforms. Scene is calmer, but ambulances continue to race by.
  • RT @rdcfe: @universalhub Allow extra time, all bags are being searched going into North Station. All trash cans are being removed as well.
  • RT @HannahEmBee: @universalhub any idea if jfk st/anderson memorial bridge in Harvard sq is open to foot traffic?
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:30:14 PM

    The last people crossed the finish line at 2:57 p.m. #bostonmarathon

    — Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:30:53 PM

    RT @globegideon: Some of 64 injured in Boston #Marathon blasts have had limbs amputated, hospitals report. #marathonbdc

    — Adrienne LB (@AdrienneLB) April 15, 2013

  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:31:01 PM

    The Westin Copley is locked down, not letting anyone outside.

    — Ryan Catalani (@magicofpi) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:31:20 PM

    Massive police and military presence in city now. Boston Common full of uniforms. Scene is calmer, but ambulances continue to race by.

    — Billy Baker (@billy_baker) April 15, 2013

  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:31:23 PM

    Jeff Martin was greeted by his mother and pregnant wife at the Public Garden. "I crossed the finish, was pretty elated to have done that," Martin said. "And then about 100 yards past the finish line [I] heard the first explosion, turned around saw all the smoke and then instantly my thoughts turned to the fact that my family and pregnant wife who were supposed to be standing there waiting for me." (Photo by Adam Sennott)

  • Marathon officials announce of the 23,326 official starters, 17,584 finished the race. 4,496 runners crossed 40K but did not finish.
  • Marathon officials said the 4,496 were diverted while 1,246 never made it to 40K mark and stopped in Newton.
  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:31:35 PM

    All staff and visitors are safe and accounted for. Thank you.

    — JFK Library (@JFKLibrary) April 15, 2013

  • anne.steele 4/15/2013 9:31:41 PM

    @universalhub Allow extra time, all bags are being searched going into North Station. All trash cans are being removed as well.

    — Rox (@rdcfe) April 15, 2013

  • The last people crossed the finish line at 2:57 p.m. #bostonmarathon
  • White van stopped on parade ground in Boston Common. Driver on ground next to vehicle. Area being cleared.
  • Menino's going to speak around 6 p.m.
  • christina.jedra 4/15/2013 9:33:32 PM
    Picture of man in handcuffs on the Common:

    Man on Boston common has been handcuffed. Police shouting at people to clear the area.…

    — Eric Twardzik (@Eric_Twardzik) April 15, 2013

  • RT @eleanordowling: Just confirmed cell phone shutdown in Boston...apparently you can call out, people can't call in. My poor mom had be ...
  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:34:06 PM

    Phone numbers related to #marathon explosion-- Those seeking family members: 617-635-4500 Those with possible tips for BPD: 800-494-TIPS

    — Sarah Rodman (@GlobeRodman) April 15, 2013

  • If you see a runner, ask if you can help. Temp is dropping and a lot of out-of-towners have nowhere to go.
  • Catherine Cloutier 4/15/2013 9:34:55 PM

    Bomb squad has left Tufts Medical. Security beginning to relax. Hospital ER still locked down

    — Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 15, 2013

  • laura.gomez 4/15/2013 9:35:01 PM

    Menino's going to speak around 6 p.m.

    — Adam Gaffin (@universalhub) April 15, 2013

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