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Police: 2 dead, 23 hurt in Boston Marathon blasts

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Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
    
The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

Spectators and runners are describing the twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon today.

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One woman says she was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line, and, in her words, "it just blew." She described it as "a loud boom, and then glass everywhere." Cherie Falgoust says something hit her head, and she "just ducked."
    
A runner, Laura McLean of Toronto, says she heard two explosions outside the medical tent. She says, "There are people who are really, really bloody." McLean says, "they were pulling them into the medical tent."
    
The explosions took place about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line. The second one could be heard a few seconds after the first one.
    
A runner said, "There are a lot of people down."
    
Marathon workers were seen carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg.

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Earlier story - Two explosions at Boston marathon finish line

Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries.

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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.

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