Explosions at Boston Marathon: UPDATED at 6:45 p.m.

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By Jimmy Golen

The Associated Press

BOSTON – Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in two deaths and at least 90 injuries.

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.

There were 96 Nova Scotians competing at the event. Among them was New Glasgow's Darrell Spears, Vernon MacIntosh of Hopewell and Christie Hammell of New Glasgow. 

Spears was nowhere near the explosions as he injured himself during the race and couldn't continue due to the injury. MacIntosh finished the race and was clear of the finish line area before the explosions.

There is no word at this time on whether or not other locals were near the explosions.

Thomas DeCoste of Pictou had planned to attend, but had to back out for medical reasons. He said he is thankful he didn't go because his family would've been waiting at the finish line.

Google has created a 'person finder' to find or ask for missing people. It can be found here.

Run Nova Scotia is also trying to gather information on their Facebook page on N.S. runners.

If you have any information Pictou County runners or spectators at the Boston Marathon e-mail sports@ngnews.ca.


Organizations: Jimmy GolenThe Associated Press, Boston Marathon

Geographic location: Boston, Boylston Street

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