Explosions Reported at Boston Marathon Finish Line [UPDATED]

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Thoughts and prayers are with all those in Boston today, in the aftermath of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The blasts went off around 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets, about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line.

Thousands of people were gathered to watch the race, and witnesses said many of the injured appeared to be spectators.

Will Ritter, the spokesman for a Massachusetts Senate candidate, told reporters that he saw smoke rising near the Boston Public Library and saw three fire engines and police rushing to the site.

“We heard two really large explosions in rapid succession, about a second apart from each other,” Ritter told NBC News. “Everybody kind of ducked and hit the ground.”

Store fronts were blown out, and there have been reports of dozens of injuries. Witnesses said several victims lost limbs, the race was stopped and the area is being evacuated. 

“There are people who are really, really bloody,” runner Laura McLean told ABC News. “They were pulling them into the medical tent.”

Federal authorities told NBC News that they had no immediate information as to the nature of the explosions.

Update: Cheryl Fiandaca, the Boston Police Department’s public information bureau chief, has reported on Twitter that two people have been killed and 28 wounded.

Are you wondering how to talk with your kids about this? PBS.org shared some important strategies for parents on how to talk to children about frightening news.

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