Twin blasts rocked the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon, killing three people, injuring more than 100 and making carnage of one of the world’s premier sporting events.
The explosions tore a city celebrating a local holiday while hosting thousands of people from around the globe, and immediately prompted fears of terrorism and raised new questions about America’s ability to secure public events.
Oscar Otero was just a few feet away when the explosions hit in Copley Square.
“You heard boom-boom, then people screaming,” Otero told the Boston Globe. “There was blood all over the place. I saw a leg, people with bones sticking out of their skin. It’s hard to describe.”
The dead included an 8-year-old boy, NBC News reported.
The city remained on lockdown for much of the day as investigators scoured streets for bombs and tried to determine the cause. Marathon organizers and counter-terrorism officials said the blasts were the result of homemade bombs. A senior U.S. intelligence official told the Associated Press that two more explosive devices were found and dismantled.
There was no immediate word on the motive or who may have launched the attack and authorities in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Officials said there was no suspect in custody, but some people were being questioned. That included a person in the country on a student visa found running from the scene, NBC News reported.
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