Just after 3:00pm on the east coast, two explosions occurred right near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Known as Patriot’s Day in Boston, the marathon is the headline event in the city on this mid-April Monday. Multiple injuries have already been reported and there are already confirmed deaths.
Follow along with the live updates from Twitter and news sources below on the upcoming updates as more is made available:
4:45pm (EST)- Two confirmed dead, 23 confirmed to be wounded. New York Post is reporting that a suspect has been identified and is being guarded at a Boston hospital with shrapnel wounds.
4:49pm (EST)– Confirmed that there were indeed bombs in the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Bruins game has officially been cancelled for tonight.
4:51pm (EST)- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick addresses the public along with Edward Davis, the Boston Police Commissioner.
4:53pm (EST)- Boston Department of Public Health reports 68 transports of wounded to Boston area hospitals. Authorities confirm there was a third explosion at the JFK Library.
4:55pm (EST)- Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says for families to call 617-635-4500. Anything to report? Call 800-494-TIPS.
4:57pm (EST)- Excerpt from the New York Post: The suspect — a Saudi national who suffered shrapnel wounds in today’s blast — is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital.
5:03pm (EST)- Boston Police Department says they cannot confirm that the two incidents at both the finish line and JFK library are connected, but they are operating as if they are.
Reports of Marathon Runners that crossed finish line and continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims #PrayforBoston
— NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN) April 15, 2013
5:09pm (EST)- Excerpt from the New York Post: Law enforcement sources said the 20-year-old suspect was under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital.
5:11pm (EST)- Cell phone service shut down in Boston to prevent any chance at remote detonations.
5:14pm (EST)-Boston Globereports that more than 100 being treated after Boston Marathon explosions.
5:16pm (EST)- Conflicting reports from the JFK Library, which claims there was only a mechanical room fire. Earlier reports indicated that it had been a third explosion.
5:21pm (EST)-Boston Globe reporter Wesley Lowery reports that people are being turned away at Tufts Medical ER, stating that the hospital is closed and being evacuated.
5:24pm (EST)- Boston Police are now saying that incident at JFK Library appears to be fire-related. No reported injuries at JFK.
5:31pm (EST)- Boston mayor Tom Menino reportedly set to brief the public shortly.
5:43pm (EST)- Tweet from the Brookline PD: Runners shelter has been opened at 1187 Beacon. Runners can get phone access and medical help.
5:46pm (EST)- Tweet from Boston Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks:
I’m so sickened by this…
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) April 15, 2013
5:47pm (EST)- BREAKING: President Obama to address the nation at 6:10pm ET
5:51pm (EST)- Tweet from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick:
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
6:04pm (EST)- Boston Police Department states that there is nobody in custody. Police are interviewing/questioning suspects.
6:25pm (EST)- President Barack Obama “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”
6:33pm (EST)- President Barack Obama: Those behind Boston bombings to ‘feel the full weight of justice.’
6:36pm (EST)- Tweet from NBC News:
Law enforcement official confirms that one of two people killed in today’s explosions was eight years old. #BostonMarathon
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 15, 2013