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Two explosions happened near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at about 2:50 p.m. ET Monday.

UPDATE: 2 killed, 23 injured in blasts near Boston Marathon finish line, details still emerging… 

  • Two dead in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, Boston police say. Area hospitals say at least 49, and as many as 51, are injured.

  • Two explosions happened at about 2:50 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race’s nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line.
  • Third blast later reported at JFK Library about 5 miles away, police say. Not clear whether that blast is connected to first two.
  • Race called off; Red Cross website established to help people find loved ones in the area

Spectators for the race, held annually on Patriots Day, were rushed to medical tents for treatment following the blasts. WBZ reported one of them happened near the viewing stands on Boylston Street, and there were multiple injured people.

Reuters stated via Twitter a spokesman for the marathon said the headquarters have been locked down. A CNN producer reported members of the crowd were injured when a pair of explosions happened, and medics are on the scene giving assistance.

Josh Cox, the U.S. 50K record holder, tweeted for people not to go near the finish line after explosions in buildings along with a picture from nearby the scene.

SOURCE: 19ActionNews.com

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UPDATE: Two Explosions in Boston During its Marathon  was originally published on wzakcleveland.com