From Globe's Martine Powers:
Lisa Vasallo, 45, of Dedham was in the tunnel leading to the last stretch when police stopped runners and told them there was a disturbance.
They waited for word that is was safe to continue, and then heard news that there were explosions. Residents from the houses along the route brought out food and water for the runners.
"My first thought was my children," said Vasallo, breaking into tears. "I knew they were at the finish line."
The Boston Bruins, who were slated to play the Ottawa Senators tonight, has canceled its game. There is no makeup game scheduled.
Gov. Deval Patrick: 'The Marathon is a very special day around here." Mayor Menino did not attend the race, but is on his way to the Westin Copley, where the press conference is being held.
Davis: There were a number of items dropped along the race route by spectators; they all are being treated as suspicious devices. No specific number of casualties yet.
The president has spoken with governor and mayor; I have had a conversation with the director of the FBI.
At Brigham and Women's, there 18 to 20 victims with 2 critical. At MGH, there are 19 patients with 2 critical. (From WBZ)
From the AP:
A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.
Authorities have not identified what caused the explosives that erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
The explosions have killed two people and injured at least 23 others
An Emerson College student claims that 7 Emerson students are hospitalized. Not confirmed.
From James Vaznis at the JFK Library:
The JFK Presidential Library and Museum was evacuated this afternoon after an explosion and fire that are being investigated as possibly related to blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Police Chief Edward F. Davis said there was an explosion at the library.
The fire started just after 3 p.m., said library director Thomas Putnam. Earlier this afternoon, Putnam said it appeared to have been related to a mechanical problem. The fire was quickly extinguished.
Employees and journalists were kept far back from the building. The smell of burnt vinyl hung in the air.
UPDATE: Boston hospitals report more than 100 being treated after Marathon explosions.