Two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday. The New York Times said the explosions occurred about four hours after the men’s race began. More than 100 people are injured and three are dead.
The Boston Police Department’s official Twiiter account is keeping the public informed of press conferences, casualty counts and more.
People who ran the race have taken to social media to share that they’re all right. Twitter has also became a place for people to post their prayers and well wishes, as well as dramatic pictures from the scene.
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Several phrase related to the Boston Marathon also emerged as trending topics on Twitter. By 4 p.m. ET, #prayforBoston, two explosions, #explosion, and #thoughtsandprayers were trending on Twitter.
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At a Monday afternoon press conference, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis warned people to stay home and avoid congregating in large crowds.
“People should be calm, but they should understand that this is an ongoing event,” he said.
Davis said people running from the explosions along the marathon route dropped a number of parcels and bags, all of which were “being treated as a suspicious device.” He also confirmed that a third explosion at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum happened shortly after 3 p.m. Eastern time.
“We’re investigating all leads right now,” he said.
The police had not found any more devices along the marathon route, even though they performed a controlled explosion of a bag. Authorities were also not looking for a specific type of truck, he said. Davis asked anyone with information about the bombings to call 1-800-494-TIPS.
He said there were no prior warnings of the attack, and when asked whether the bombings were an act of terrorism, Davis said, “You can reach your own conclusions.”
Matt Wilson contributed to this story.