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Live Updates: Explosions at the Boston Marathon (Warning: Graphic Photos)

For updates after 8 pm EST, please follow the Reuters liveblog.

Multiple explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday have left over 100 people injured and at least 2 dead, according to the police. One of the two fatalities was an 8-year-old boy, and 17 more people are in critical condition.

NBC News reported that the federal authorities are looking into the blasts, which occurred Monday afternoon on Patriots’ Day, a public holiday in Boston. The explosions occurred around 3:00 pmAt least two more devices were found, one of which has been disabled by the police in a controlled explosion.

A later explosion occurred at JFK Library. “We are not certain that these incidents are related, but we’re treating them as if they are,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in a news conference late Monday afternoon. The next police briefing will be at 7:00 pm EST.

No cause has yet been determined, but other cities raised their security alerts: counterterrorism squads were dispatched to important landmarks in New York City. DC police are also on high alert. The London Marathon is on Sunday, April 21, and the Met Police are currently reviewing security.

President Obama made a public televised statement on Monday evening, saying: “We still do not know who did this or why … But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this, we’ll find out why they did this.”

The 26th mile of the race was dedicated to victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Families from Newtown, Connecticut were sitting in the VIP section near the finish line, but they were not present at the time of the explosions.

Photos and videos from on the ground in Boston came pouring in via spectators and journalists on Twitter (warning: some graphic images).

The clearest footage of the explosions, the noise and the chaos from The Boston Globe:

The explosion is clearly seen and heard, as well as immediate aftermath: people screaming and running away from the blast, and first responders rushing to the scene.

A close up of one of the explosions from TV has been circulating as a Vine:

The moment of the explosion shows panic as people run from Copley Square. This Vine was recorded from a TV report.

  Photos of the aftermath: boston mar 1photo: @theoriginalwak   boston mar 2photo: @Boston_to_a_T   Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 3.27.01 PM   People being led away from the site of explosions. photo: stackiii/Instagram  

Journalist Jackie Bruno was near the scene of the explosion and scenes of chaos with the caption: “We were so close it was scary. Felt the force of the explosion. People were fleeing and victims were scattered.”   Ms. Bruno posted multiple tweets about her experience and the horrific damage she saw firsthand:  

 


A few hours earlier, Ms. Bruno was tweeting about an engaged couple running the race who were to be married after finishing.

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Steve Silva, a sports producer for Boston.com, posted this photo to Facebook with the text, “God help us.”

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An aerial view of the area where the bombs exploded, via Fox Boston.

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Not all bad news: ” couple just reunited,” tweets Megan Johnson. Google has released a Boston Marathon Person Finder to help people locate their loved ones.

Here are two photos of the finish line just minutes before the explosions went off:

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photo: @patbarton5/Instagram

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“They picked the time where there were most people to detonate, I took this picture 10 minutes before it happened,” tweeted David Amoyal.

And the scene shortly after:

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photo: @ramseymohsen/Instagram

After everyone was cleared out of the Copley Square area, the focus turned to evacuation plans for those living or working nearby. City and state officials said there were no credible threats prior to the marathon, and no contingency plan was apparent after the blasts.

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 Aftermath of the explosion, after people had been cleared away by police. photo: @brm90

One note of inspiration despite the tragic events: some marathon runners weren’t giving up.

 

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  • Peaceful runners running for peace, watched by peaceful onlookers. May the almighty give all these peaceful people strength to overcome this tragedy. *Shanti*

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