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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/boston-marathon-explosion_n_3086665.html

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The headquarters of the Boston Marathon is on lock down following an explosion near the finish line, Reuters reports.

The blast occurred just before 3:00 p.m., according to MyFoxBoston.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for more updates.
I'll add more as we know more. Most details are unknown at this time.
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Old April 15th, 2013 (11:17 AM).
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It's still breaking news so information is scarce. People with limbs missing being carted off. The story is developing...

Picture of aftermath:

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http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/metro/Explosions-reported-near-Boston-Marathon-finish-line/-/11971628/19757044/-/ktnc1wz/-/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
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Old April 15th, 2013 (11:24 AM).
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Please don't let this be a terrorist attack. Please don't let a lot of people be dead from this.
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http://deadspin.com/explosions-reported-at-the-boston-marathon-473008941

For the brave-hearted. Some pretty bloody pictures there. I'm neither American, nor do I have much interest in America, but that's made me feel physically sick. I hope to God it's an accident, but... I'm kinda doubting it.
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A terrorist attack might be a possibility. It's a decently serious explosion if there's blood all over the ground - not like fireworks-blowing-up-in-your-face-serious. No one appears to be dead, though so that's good news.

Edit: I like how some of the marathon runners are still gunning for their time as the explosion occurs.
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I really hope it isnt a terrorist attack. It seems very serious and very terrifying. I really hope a lot of people arent hurt or dead.
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Ugh this merged weird

I guess the local hospital has confirmed 4 people have been admitted to the Hospital so far; some with *supposedly* grisly loss of limbs. The loss of limbs thing hasn't been officially confirmed yet.
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Old April 15th, 2013 (12:01 PM). Edited April 15th, 2013 by Katamari.
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I heard that 12 people have died and over 100 are injured from this Twitter user but the event was literally like an hour ago and the story is still really early in development so we won't have any totals for a while... It's a hot mess.

This is completely horrible. I am seriously nauseous just reading about what people are reporting and seeing the images and videos being uploaded...

I've heard both gas explosion and terrorist attack because of the two bombs going off so close in time, but it's horrifying.
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Quote originally posted by AzaleaLightning:
I heard that 12 people have died and over 100 are injured from this Twitter user but the event was literally like an hour ago and the story is still really early in development so we won't have any totals for a while...

This is completely horrible. I am seriously nauseous just reading about what people are reporting and seeing the images and videos being uploaded...

I've heard both gas explosion and terrorist attack because of the two bombs going off so close in time, but it's horrifying.
That estimate seems a bit excessive to me. I've got the feed in front of me, and the smoke cloud & debris left over doesn't look like it could kill or maim that many people.
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That estimate seems a bit excessive to me. I've got the feed in front of me, and the smoke cloud & debris left over doesn't look like it could kill or maim that many people.
I agree that death toll seems excessive, I don't know how populated the marathon was but I could see the 100 people injured range being close to accurate though. A lot of the feed I've seen on Twitter and other reporting news sites have claimed the dismemberment part you mentioned previously to be mostly true, though.

I hope any PC members living in Boston or in that area are all safe and their friends and family are as well.
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I heard that 12 people have died and over 100 are injured from this Twitter user but the event was literally like an hour ago and the story is still really early in development so we won't have any totals for a while...

This is completely horrible. I am seriously nauseous just reading about what people are reporting and seeing the images and videos being uploaded...

I've heard both gas explosion and terrorist attack because of the two bombs going off so close in time, but it's horrifying.
The human body is incredibly fragile. A little bit of blood looks like a lot. The National Post has the death count at 2. I don't think anybody is doing any real reporting right now.
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The human body is incredibly fragile. A little bit of blood looks like a lot. The National Post has the death count at 2. I don't think anybody is doing any real reporting right now.
It would make sense for the area to be off limits right now. I've read that they've done a controlled explosion already. So the area is still dangerous, probably. No one who isn't part of the emergency response should be there for their own safety.
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According to The Guardian, the Boston Marathon has confirmed two explosions, 2 dead and two injured. Biden has called it "a bombing", and the city authorities have announced a press conference in 10 minutes.

A trusted Twitter list with reputed sources: https://twitter.com/katierogers/boston

AP talks of two unexploded artifacts being dismantled.
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I can't believe how traumatized is the USA about terrorist attacks. I mean, it's more common than anything else. And expect more, because USA is world's most powerful country, it's no surprise these attacks occur.

Of course, it's a shame so many lives are put in danger, but if this were to be a real terrorist attack, I think it would've been more organized, or at least have a bigger target.

People, stop the paranoia and nausea, and think with an objective perspective before making any assumptions. That's all I have to say :/
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Damn it Biden, it's still too early for that! But it might just turn out to be a bombing. Maybe homegrown terrorism? Another misunderstood teenager?
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From I've what I'm reading it's only 2 dead and 23 injured. That seems a bit more reasonable at this time, but it's still pretty early to call. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tweetfromthebeat&src=hash

Still horrifying looking at these pictures and videos. I hope it's not a terrorist attack , but it looks rather serious to be an accident. Thoughts and prayers going out to the victims.
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Damn it Biden, it's still too early for that! But it might just turn out to be a bombing. Maybe homegrown terrorism? Another misunderstood teenager?
That seems to be more reasonable.
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Let's be a little more sure before we throw around the Terrorist label. It's not Al Qaeda. More than likely we have a domestic issue here, probably a lone wolf with major issues, a la Timothy McVeigh, the OKC Bomber.
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Let's be a little more sure before we throw around the Terrorist label. It's not Al Qaeda. More than likely we have a domestic issue here, probably a lone wolf with major issues, a la Timothy McVeigh, the OKC Bomber.
Well, domestic terrorism then. Shouldn't be an Al Qaeda-exclusive term.

Apparently the fire department uncovered a third undetonated device.
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Reuters just reported an explosion at JFK library. What is going on?

https://twitter.com/ReutersUS
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I just saw ~50 really graphic photos from the bombing on buzzfeed, all I can say from that is the dismemberment rumor is very true. e____________e

I won't even attempt to make speculations on who did this or why, it's entirely up in the air at this point.
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Yeah they're defused 2 more apparently. But prayers to the families affected. Stay safe.
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Quote originally posted by TRIFORCE89:
Well, domestic terrorism then. Shouldn't be an Al Qaeda-exclusive term.

Apparently the fire department uncovered a third detonated device.
You're right. But it is usually everyone's first conclusion here, especially given that this is a major American city.

And yeah, I had heard there was a third & possible fourth device that was diffused by bomb squad not too long ago.
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Reuters just reported an explosion at JFK library. What is going on?

https://twitter.com/ReutersUS
Pretty sure that's a mechanical fire
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