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Explosions Injure Dozens at Marathon Finish Line

Massachusetts Patch sites are updating as new information is released, and locally, let us know if you have info about the status of South County runners.

Dozens of people were injured by two explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line shortly after 3 p.m. There are multiple reports of victims with missing limbs, bloodied heads and other extremely serious injuries. WBZ-4 reported at least a dozen victims with "grave injuries."

Back Bay Patch in Massachusetts is providing running updates here.

Earlier today, we spotlighted some local runners taking part in the Boston Marathon. If you’ve heard from them and know that they’re safe, please send an e-mail to Stephen.greenwell@patch.com, or leave a comment below. Their names again:

  • Michelle San Antonio, 41, of Wakefield (confirmed safe)
  • Mary D’Arcy, 45, of Wakefield (confirmed safe)
  • David Tetreault, 50, of Narragansett (confirmed safe)
  • Frank Pazienza, 51, of Saunderstown
  • Alfred Garceau, 55, of Wakefield
  • Pat A. Ferrigno, 60, of South Kingstown (confirmed safe)

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Senator Jack Reed has released the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and our heartfelt thanks go out to those first responders, medical personnel, volunteers, and citizens who were on the scene to help those in need.  I have faith that law enforcement will get to the bottom of this and hold whoever is responsible accountable to the fullest extent.”

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Daniel DeMaina is collecting various social media reports. You can find his story here.

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From Cranston Patch’s Mark Schieldrop, a story on Cranston City Councilman Don Botts. He was almost at the site of one of the explosions today – he walks “that exact spot of sidewalk every week day.”

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The Rhode Island Emergency Management Authority has confirmed the information going around on social media that if you are unable to contact a family member in Boston, please call (617) 635-4500.

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Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement in reaction to the explosions today at the Boston Marathon finish line:

“My thoughts are with all of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions and their loved ones on this terrible day. In the midst of a horrifying scene, with many Rhode Islanders in attendance, we can be thankful for the bravery and selflessness of emergency responders at the event, other medical personnel treating the wounded, and ordinary Americans whose first instincts were to do whatever they could to help one another. I am also grateful for the vigilance of law enforcement working to take all possible precautions and avoid jumping to conclusions as they track down every lead to find whoever did this and bring them to justice.”

Stephen Greenwell (Editor) April 15, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Nicole Zelenak said she's been in touch with Michelle San Antonio, and she and her family are safe. I'm still looking for updates on any of the other local runners though. Thank you. Also, per several of our reporters in the Boston era, cell service is currently suspended in some portions of the city because authorities are still finding and dismantling explosive devices. If you can't contact a loved one immediately via phone, please don't panic, and you might want to check out alternate avenues of communication. For example, many of my Boston friends still have computer and Internet access, and are letting people know they're safe via Facebook.
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) April 16, 2013 at 01:59 AM
I've gotten confirmation now from friends and families of all six people who ran from the area in the marathon today - All six are safe. Thank you for everyone that contacted me! Statewide, one person from Newport remains in a Boston hospital with severe injuries. Newport Patch has been following this: http://newport.patch.com/articles/one-newport-resident-injured-after-boston-marathon-bombing

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