News / USA

Live Updates: Boston Marathon Explosions

2306 UTC

As the story starts to turn from the explosions to the investigation, stay with VOA as we continue our coverage. Nearly four hours after the blasts rocked the Boston Marathon, here is what VOA knows:

Two explosions near the finish line killed two people and wounded more than fifty.  A third incident took place at the nearby John F. Kennedy library about 90 minutes later, but police are not sure if it is related to the marathon blasts. 

President Obama says officals do not yet know who is responsible for the bombings, but that the U.S. will find out who did this and hold them accountable.  No person or group has claimed responsiblity for the bombing. 

2255 UTC

This story is likely to dominate a lot of front pages around the world for several days. 
2252 UTC

2251 UTC

Location of the marathon finish line in Boston, Massachusetts, where two deadly explosions occurred.
Location of the marathon finish line in Boston, Massachusetts, where two deadly explosions occurred.


2247 UTC
2233 UTC
2229 UTC

The London Marathon, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 21, has released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston. Our immediate thoughts are with the people there and their families. It is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends and colleagues in marathon running.

Our security plan is developed jointly with the Metropolitan Police and we were in contact with them as soon as we heard the news.

Met Police Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry said: "A security plan is in place for the London Marathon. We will be reviewing our security arrangements in partnership with London Marathon."

2219 UTC

More of President Obama's public statement:

Obama said he is directing the full resources of federal government to help state and local authorities to protect our people and increase security around the country.

He added, "We don’t yet have all the answers but we do know multiple people have been wounded, some gravely in the Boston marathon."

He said he has spoken with FBI director Muller and Homeland Security director Naplitano and that they are mobilizing resources to respond. He added that he has updated leaders of congress in both parties.

He said also said Boston police, firefighters and first responders as well as the  national guard responded heroically and continue to do so as we speak.

"We still do not know who did this or why and people should not jump to conclusions without all the facts. We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this and why they did this. Any responsible individual and responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

2213 UTC

President Obama says they do not yet know who is responsible for the bombings, but that the U.S. will find out who did this and hold them accountable. 

2210 UTC

Watch the president's statement from the White House. 


2208 UTC

AT&T says it is leaving its WiFi on at the Boston Marathon.
2202 UTC

Authorities now say two dead and at least 50 injured in the blasts.  

2153 UTC

2149 UTC

President Obama will make an address from the press room at the White House in about 30 minutes. No further details have been released yet.

2145 UTC

Boston police say to expect more visible security:
And people start seeing more security:
2139 UTC
2136 UTC

Google has started a person finder for those looking for people who may have been at the Boston Marathon today.  

2134 UTC
2131 UTC

The White House has released a photo of President Obama on the phone with officials in Boston today. 

2123 UTC

New from the Boston police:


2118 UTC

Via Computer World: A fixed camera captured the moment two explosions rocked the finish line of today's Boston Marathon.



2116 UTC


2114 UTC
2110 UTC

Incredible video of the explosions as they happened from Boston.com



2106 UTC

2105 UTC
2103 UTC

More from the police press conference:

Police may continue blowing things up (controled explosions) in next couple of hours. 
 
Question: Is this a terrorist attack? 
Answer from Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis: "We're not being definitive at this time but you can reach your own conclusions."

2100 UTC

From the Boston police department:
2059 UTC
2057 UTC

More from the Boston press conference:


Three incidents occurred. Two happened simultaneously. The third occurred at the JFK Library about half hour ago (approximately 4:30 pm EST). People should be calm but they should understand this is an ongoing event.
...
Governor Deval Patrick said President Obama called him, offering any help needed.
Encouraged people to stay out of crowds. Tourists should go back to hotels.
2054 UTC

From the police press conference in Boston:

Edward Davis, Boston Police Commissioner, says the blasts occurred 50 to 100 yards apart. Multiple casualties. All victims been removed from scene. Sent officers to hospitals to be in touch with family members and possible witnesses. Immediately activated system of resposnse that the commonwealth of Massachusettes has in place.

First calls were to FBI and state police.

There is a third incident, an explosion at the JFK Library. But authorities are not certain incidents are related. Recommending people stay home.

Anyone with information should call 1-800-494-TIPS

2052 UTC

The FAA has imposed a no-fly zone over the site of the Boston Marathon explosions. 

2050 UTC
2049 UTC
2044 UTC

The White House says President Obama has called Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and told them his administration would provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response.

2040 UTC

Security officials confirm at least two more explosive devices were found near the scene and were being dismantled.

2037 UTC

2031 UTC

2030 UTC

2028 UTC

2026 UTC

The New York Times just published a very useful graphic of the explosion locations

Meanwhile, New York City is stepping up security at various locations in response to the blasts in Boston.

2023 UTC
2020 UTC

At least one college in the Boston area is sending out alerts to its students.
2016 UTC

2014 UTC


More pictures of the aftermath from Twitter.
2010 UTC

In a post on Facebook, Boston marathon says: "There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon. We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened."

Boston police say 2 are dead and 23 were injured by the explosions. 


2000 UTC
A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital said four patients were being treated there.  

A New York City Police Department spokesman said the city has stepped up security around landmarks in Manhattan, including near prominent hotels, in response to the blast.

Here are some early pictures and video of the explosions. 

You May Like

French Refugee Drama Wins Cannes Top Prize

Dheepan is about a group of Sri Lankan refugees who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France More

Photogallery Crisis in Macedonia Requires Meaningful and Swift Measures

The international community has called on Macedonian leadership to take concrete measures in support of democracy in order to exit the crisis More

Activists: IS Executes 217 Civilians, Soldiers Near Palmyra

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said the victims include nurses, women, children and Syrian government fighters More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmakingi
X
Bernard Shusman
May 24, 2015 2:55 PM
According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.
Video

Video Effort Underway to Limit Damage from California Oil Spill

Cleanup crews are working around the clock to remove oil from the waters off the coastal city of Santa Barbara, in California. About 380,000 liters of oil may have leaked out before a rupture in an onshore, underground pipeline was discovered Tuesday. The environmental disaster hit the popular West Coast resort area before the Memorial Day weekend. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports investigators have yet to determine what caused the incident.

VOA Blogs