An unrelated electrical fire at the JFK Library in Dorchester has closed the library for the rest of the day.
Marathon officials and police are sending buses out to pick up runners who still are on the course. Those closer in are being redirected to the Common.
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The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary flight restriction over Copley Square, an agency spokeswoman said. This reserves airspace for rescue and recovery efforts in a three-mile radius around the square at an altitude of 3,000 feet and below. The restriction won’t affect most aircraft, which don’t fly that low over the city, the FAA said, but will impact news helicopters. The FAA issues temporary flight restrictions frequently in the event of wildfires, chemical explosions, security for the president, and other events. - Chris Reidy, Globe Staff
MGH is treating 19 patients, six critical and five serious, reports WBZ.
WASHINGTON – President Obama was notified quickly about the explosions that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and contacted Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, according to a White House official.
Shortly after being notified of the incident around 3 p.m., the official said, Obama received a briefing from Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and other members of his senior White House staff in the Oval Office.
Obama called Menino and Patrick to “express his concern for those who were injured and to make clear that his administration is ready to provide needed support as they respond to the incident.”
Vice President Joe Biden also interrupted a conference call on gun control, saying that an aide had turned televisions to the news and “apparently there has been a bombing.”
“I don’t know any of the details of what caused it, who did it,” Biden said on the call. “Our prayers are with those people in Boston who have suffered injuries. And I don’t know how many of them there are.”
- Matt Viser and Noah Bierman, Globe Staff
Governor asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their job, reports WBZ.
Gov. Deval Patrick statement: “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.”