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.
The heavy volume of mobile phone calls around downtown Boston following explosions at the Boston Marathon has clogged cell service, blocking many from getting through to people at the scene.
“We are experiencing call blocking due to what’s happening,” said Mark Elliott, a Sprint spokesman. “The network is blocking calls due because of the number of calls coming in exceeds the capacity.”
He didn’t know what the exact volume of calls has been since the explosions occurred, but said many thousands of calls made at the same time in the same are overwhelm cell towers in the area.
“There’s no way the network can handle that kind of traffic,” he said.
There have been numerous reports of many people not able to get through to their family and friends at the marathon.
Elliott said that mobile phone users should text the people they are trying to reach in the area instead of calling to free up the mobile networks for emergency uses.
Verizon Wireless, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying: “Verizon Wireless has been enhancing network voice capacity to enable additional calling in the Copley Square area of Boston. Customers are advised to use text or email to free up voice capacity for public safety officials at the scene. There was no damage to the Verizon Wireless network, which is seeing elevated calling and data usage throughout the region since the explosions occurred.“
Credit to Michael B. Farrell Globe Staff
Was just passed by four police cars, flying down the Pike from the Newton area heading toward the city. One Amesbury K9 unit, and three undercover cars.
Emerson College dormitory offers staff available for students in need of support tonight.
BPD Commissioner Ed Davis says the blast at the JFK Library around 4:30 p.m., which was announced as an unrelated electrical explosion, was actually an explosion that could be related to the explosions on Boylston Street.
The Bruins have canceled tonight's game vs. the Ottawa Senators..
Police are asking everyone in Boston to stay home; if you do go out, do not travel in large groups.