Press conference just before 5:00pm EDT w/ Police Commissioner and Governor (most of this information is from the Commissioner):
2:50 pm there were simultaneous explosions of route of BM near finish line, 50 – 100 yards apart. Multiple casualties with each
Victims have been removed.
A third incident at JFK library (an explosion) about 30 minutes ago.
An ON GOING event. We aren’t sure these incidents are related but we are treating them as they are.
They want people inside. Don’t congregate in large crowds.
Two telephone #s:
- Trying to locate people: 617-635-4500
- Eyewitnesses: 1-800-494-TIPS
People running from scene dropped a lot of things. Each bag on scene is being checked. They have not found another device but there was a controlled explosion (he warned they may continue to blow things up – doesn’t mean it’s a device, just suspicious). There is no specific type of truck we are looking for. They are investigating all leads.
Asked if this was a “terror attack”: “We are not being definitive on this right now but you can reach your own conclusions based on what happened.”
He doesn’t have number of casualties at this point.
Police want people to stay calm but this is ongoing.
You can listen to WBUR’s station online here. (WARNING: they do occasionally play audio of explosions)
Google has set up a People Finder (though nothing on site has confirmation, take all with grain of salt)
AP: Cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any remote detonations.
Boston Red Cross reporting they don’t need blood right now. Wait a couple of weeks and then donate.
Hospitals are on lockdown. If you think your loved one is at one, CALL FIRST before going.
Mayor will be speaking in maybe 30 minutes.
Over 60 people injured.
Logan open, no delays reported.
Numbers of injuries may be up near 80, possibly over 100.