The Boston Marathon has been called after explosions detonated near the finish line. Emergency officials are trying to sort out a situation that still appears to be dangerous.
Runners who had not yet finished the race were being held to prevent them from getting the finish line:
A photo, via Instagram, of runners being held up on the Boston Marathon course instagram.com/p/YIvZ-JAZfS/#— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) April 15, 2013
Police scanners indicate the area around the finish line isn't safe and that there could be other possible explosive devices present:
BOSTON: BREAKING NEWS - POLICE ON SCENE REPORTING ANOTHER DEVICE FOUND IN FRONT OF MANDARIN HOTEL. EVACUATIONS IN PROGRESS. #911BUFF— 911 Operator (@911BUFF) April 15, 2013
Here's what we grabbed off the police scanner, available for listen here:
- Officers on Boylston Street who are not "protecting critical evidence" are instructed to leave the area, as well as EMS and Fire personnel.
- Scanner talk indicates officials suspect the explosions came from mailboxes. Police are trying to contact the postal service for a key for some boxes, and a truck that they're moving to secure (double parked).
- Police are using social media to inform patrons of bars and restaurants that they will be released from those establishments when the area is secure.
- Scanner talk indicates there is another suspected device at 77687 Boylston, another device, in front of the Mandarin hotel.
We'll have more updates as more information becomes available.