A terrorist attack took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, as two explosions within seconds of each other went off. As of 10:00pm, there people were confirmed dead, more than 130 injured.
"At first, it almost sounded like a cannon blast, but it felt so strong it literally almost blew my hat off. There were some bad bad injuries," said a witness.
"We will get to bottom of this, we will find out who did this, we will find out why they did this...any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel full weight of justice," said President Barack Obama.
The force of the explosions caused a billowing cloud of smoke over Copley Square...and rising panic.
"Everyone started to scramble, there was a mad push to for people to get away from the scene, not knowing if there were more explosions to come," said Matt Frucci, a CNN executive producer.
"We are looking for any information that people have as to what they saw, might have heard at the site of the explosion or coming and going. We're investigating all leads right now," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.
Authorities have set up a tip line, and are asking people to go to their homes or hotels and avoid large crowds.
"People should be calm but they should understand this is an ongoing event." Davis said.
The marathon winners had wrapped up there races about one hour earlier, but many of the nearly 27,000 registered athletes were still working to complete the course when the bombs went off.
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