BOSTON (KDKA/AP) – Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.
A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.
According to the Boston Marathon’s website, 51 runners from Pittsburgh were registered for today’s race. That number only includes runners within the city limits.
One of those killed was an 8-year-old child.
President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.”
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald issued a brief statement on Twitter which read, “Disturbing news from Boston. Thoughts & prayers are with those there today – as well as those who have friends & family there.”
Gov. Tom Corbett also issued a tweet about the incident saying, “The people of Boston and their families are in our thoughts and our prayers…”
A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course in what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.
The Pittsburgh Marathon is scheduled to take place on May 5. Race officials issued a statement Monday afternoon:
“We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the city of Boston, the BAA and all those affected by this tragic event.
The safety of our runners, spectators, staff and volunteers are our top priority, and our team continues to take every precaution to ensure a safe marathon day for all.”
The fiery twin blasts took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the course. Blood stained the pavement, and huge shards were missing from window panes as high as three stories.
“They just started bringing people in with no limbs,” said runner Tim Davey of Richmond, Va. He said he and his wife, Lisa, tried to keep their children’s eyes shielded from the gruesome scene inside a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners, but “they saw a lot.”
“They just kept filling up with more and more casualties,” Lisa Davey said. “Most everybody was conscious. They were very dazed.”
Former KDKA-TV traffic and transportation reporter, Jim Lokay took a quick break from his reporting for WCVB-TV in Boston to talk to Colin Dunlap Monday night.
Listen to the interview here: