Two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the Associated Press reports.
A short video of one explosion at the finish line of the marathon is captured on Vine.
The explosion detonates in an area that appears to be within 10 yards of the marathon finish line. Runners in the video cross the line when a flash of orange light and cloud of white smoke erupts behind a row of national flags lining the race route.
The explosion area appeared to be lined with cheering spectators.
The force of the blast cripples a fence lining the route. Race volunteers standing inside the fence â€“ on the other side from the explosion â€“ duck and shield their heads in reaction.
A race clock shows the explosion detonated at 4:09:43 after the start of the race.
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Quoting an “intelligence official,” the Associated Press reports that “two more explosive devices” were found at the marathon and were “being dismantled.”
A bomb squad set off a “planned explosion” at the site earlier, according to scanner activity.
We don’t yet have confirmation from authorities of an explosive device.