Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon

Several individuals have been wounded or killed by two explosions that rocked the final leg of the Boston Marathon. The cause of the two explosions, which went off one after the other, is as of yet unknown. Police and emergency workers have closed off the finish line and surrounding area, and four injured individuals have been rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital so far.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those suffering in this tragedy, and to those whose family and friends are in the area. If you need to reach out to someone, cell service is reportedly overloaded, so text messaging will likely be a better way to get in touch with loved ones.

UPDATE:Boston Police are reporting that 23 have been confirmed injured, and four dead in the tragedy. Subsequent explosions near the finish line have been conducted by emergency crews.

A good follow for additional up-to-date info: Evan Fleischer, who is live at the scene.

UPDATE 2: From Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick:

“This is a horrific day in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured. I have been in touch with the President, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.”

President Obama, via White House reporters, has been briefed on the situation by Homeland Security aides. Obama has reached out to local officials and pledged support and resources.

Also, follow verified Twitter users either on the scene or reporting on the tragedy here.

UPDATE 3: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who just concluded a press conference, confirmed that there had been a third explosion at the JFK Library in addition to the two that occurred at the marathon’s finish line. Describing the situation as an “ongoing event,” Davis said that officials have yet to discover another device, and have no specifics on a specific suspect in the bombing. [CORRECTION: The Boston Police Department has since said that the JFK Library incident was fire-related, not due to a bomb.]

To contact law enforcement officials with relevant information on the situation, call 1-800-494-TIPS, and for those looking for lost family members, call 617-635-4500. Google has also set up a database for those either looking for loved ones, or wanting to help others in their search.

UPDATE 4: The White House has confirmed that President Obama will address the nation at 6:10 p.m. EDT, 3:10 p.m. PST on the situation.

UPDATE 5: President Obama, in an address to the nation, sternly promised to bring those responsible for the attack to justice.

Make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this.

Obama also warned against unsubstantiated speculation and accusations as officials try to sort out what exactly happened.

“We still do not know who did this or why – people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all of the facts.”

UPDATE 6: Officials have confirmed to the Times that they are questioning at least one individual in connection to the attacks, and that federal officials have questioned a Saudi national who was being treated in a Boston hospital with injuries. The FBI has added that no arrests have yet been made, and no “person or group” has claimed responsibility.

UPDATE 7: Gov. Patrick and other officials confirmed in a press conference tonight that the FBI has taken over the investigation of the attack, calling it a “potential terrorist investigation.” The number of casualties, as confirmed by authorities, has risen to three dead, and more than 130 injured.

UPDATE 8: We’re shifted updates here, starting on Tuesday.

Photos: Charles Krupa, John Tlumacki / Boston Globe, Associated Press, Alex Trautwig / Getty Images

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