A set of explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line at 2:50 p.m. EST while a third occurred at Boston’s JFK Library around 4:30 p.m. Police found a fourth device that had yet to be set off, which they purposely detonated on Boylston Street. Three people have been confirmed dead.
According to MyFoxLA’s Gigi Graciette, 1,978 Californians were registered to run in today’s race. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has released a statement saying that officer deployments at Los Angeles sporting events will increase, beginning with tonight’s Dodgers/Padres baseball game. “The heightened alert of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department includes increased patrols to create a more visible presence where people congregate, such as government buildings, shopping centers, athletic events, and public transit,” Sheriff Lee Baca said in a statement.
As a result of the blasts, the Los Angeles Metro and L.A.-area airports are on high alert. Any suspicious Metro activity should be reported to the Sheriff’s Department (323.563.5000) or into the intercoms at rail stations.
The Boston Globe has been live-blogging the explosions that occurred in Copley Square. Police have shut down cell phone service in Boston in an effort to prevent remote detonation. If you are looking for someone who ran in today’s marathon, call 617.635.4500.
UPDATE: President Obama released a statement on the explosions in Boston just after 6 p.m. EST. It reads, in part:
“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. 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. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.
Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.”