Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.
"There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.
About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.
Completely insane. I was lying in bed with my window open and heard one explosion, followed by another. Once I heard the sirens start up I knew something was awful. The streets here are in panic, going insane. Too many people to be told where to go. I went outside to see if I could see anything but the entire area is blocked off. My prayers are with anyone injured & their families.
Jesus Christ. Praying for people there...have friends running. There are some gruesome, ill-timed photos on twitter already. Conclusions shouldn't be jumped to, but it's rare that two different explosions would occur like this is it was a gasline or generator. Then again, they are talking about manholes bursting. Far too soon. Hoping this wasn't an act of terror.