BOSTON, Mass. – During a Monday evening news conference, officials provided more details about an explosion that ripped through Copley Square at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon.
At least two people were killed and dozens more injured. Officials couldn’t provide an exact casualty total. The explosion happened around 2:45 p.m., about two hours after the first marathoners crossed the finish line.
Police Commissioner Edward Davis said there were two simultaneous explosions near the finish line that resulted in multiple injuries. Davis also said a third explosion happened at JFK Library, although it appeared no one was hurt in that blast. Other law enforcement sources said at least two other explosives had been set off by police. Those sources described the explosives as homemade.
Police said they’re not sure if all three blasts are related, but they’re treating the situation as if they are. Later in the evening, Boston police said it appeared that the incident at JFK Library was “fire related,” backing away from earlier reports associating it with the marathon explosions.
The FAA has ordered a no-fly zone over the city and Boston-area cell phone service has been shut down to prevent any remote detonations.
Davis said two phone numbers have been set up; one for families to get information on loved ones (617-635-4500) and another for tips about the explosions (1-800-494-TIPS). Google has also set up a Boston Marathon Person Finder.
Officials are calling the investigation a “very fluid” situation. They’re also telling people not to congregate in large crowds. People should also stay away from the Boston Marathon area and JFK Library as the investigation continues.