UPDATE: Explosions at Boston Marathon Finish Line

Five Kent residents were signed up to run the famous race, which was rocked by two explosions about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line.

UPDATE 5:11 p.m.

Christopher A. Was, 45, of Kent, is OK after competing in today's Boston Marathon where two explosions near the finish line killed at least two people and injured more than 100.

Was posted on the Kent Patch Facebook page that he was at the race with a group of runners from Northeast Ohio. 

Was said the runners he is with from the region are OK. He had already finished the race when the explosions occurred, he told KentWired.com.


UPDATED 6:40 p.m.

Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon had people carrying bloody spectators into the medical tent set up for runners, according to an Associated Press report on the Pocono Record website.

"There are a lot of people down," the AP quoted one man saying. The explosions happened about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line. 

The Boston Athletic Association website lists five Kent residents registered in the race. Patch will have updates as soon as more information is available.

According to the Huffington Post, three people were killed and more than 120 others were injured in the blasts.

NBC News reported fire engines, police and emergency medical personnel were headed to the scene. An affiliate reporter told NBC News she heard two loud explosions, and that "everybody kind of ducked and hit the ground," and Jackie Bruno, reporter for New England Cable News said she saw people with significant injuries, including one person with a leg blown off.

"Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror," Bruno said. 

Patch is following this breaking story.

Those looking for their loved ones can call 617-635-4500 or search for them on American Red Cross' Safe and Well Listings.


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