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Boston Marathon runner Paul Epstein
Over 100 people have been hurt in two explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line.
The incident happened around 2:45 p.m. Central Time outside Marathon Sports on Boylston and Exeter Streets, right near the finish line.
Two people are confirmed dead. More than 100 were hurt and witnesses say many of the victims lost limbs.
Thousands of people gathered for the race, but most of those who were hurt were spectators who gathered to cheer on runners.
The blast happened across from the Lenox Hotel and the second blast was about fifteen seconds later in the same area. The victims were being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Several local runners are in Boston participating in the marathon. Around fifteen people from the "Running Wild" Sports store in Pensacola traveled to take part in the race.
We spoke to the owner this afternoon, Paul Epstein who is in Boston right now and he says no one in their group was hurt.
"It's pandemonium, we were about a quarter mile away when we heard the explosions. My wife Sheree was in the woman's changing tent. She picked up her post race bag and was changing back into her warm clothes and I was talking with a race volunteer. We heard a single boom and he looked at me and we both sort of shrugged and then another and um..we didn't think anything of it," he said.
"We thought that was very strange and extremely loud. Of course, because of the races there are race vehicles everywhere and ambulances and then instantly sirens started going off and all the streets are closed and there are thousands of people on the streets so they were trying to pull ambulances and police vehicles from every direction to try and get back toward the finish line and everybody they started moving. All of us retrieving our bags from the school buses out of the area and away from the finish area and onto the streets after that it was increased pandemonium. I mean traffic was just at a standstill and emergency vehicles were everywhere."