PHOTOS: Confusion at the Boston Marathon

At least two people were killed and more than 20 were injured today in a pair of explosions near the finish line for the Boston Marathon. The area was dense with spectators and the runners who had finished the race. I heard the crowd’s cheers of encouragement from my apartment blocks away. There were two loud booming noises and I saw on Twitter that there had been some sort of explosion near the finish line, so I grabbed my camera and ran out the door.

UPDATE: You can find more of my photos, as well as an essay (of sorts) about the day at Medium.

A runner left the scene crying as scores of police officers ran toward the finish line.

A runner left the scene crying as scores of police officers ran toward the finish line.

Boston Police answered questions as they moved crowds away from the scene.

Boston Police answered questions as they moved crowds away from the scene.

A spectator runs away from the scene of the explosions along the marathon route.

A spectator ran away from the scene of the explosions along the marathon route.

An SUV with U.S. Government plates and a roof-mounted satellite arrives at the scene. It was waved through toward the marathon finish line.

An SUV with U.S. Government plates and a roof-mounted satellite arrived at the scene. It was waved through toward the marathon finish line.

One of the first ambulances moves down Boylston Street toward the finish line.

One of the first ambulances moved down Boylston Street toward the finish line.

Hundreds of runners were stopped on Commonwealth Avenue, just short of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.

Hundreds of runners were stopped on Commonwealth Avenue, just short of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.

A runner who was stopped before she could finish the marathon reunites with loved ones on Commonwealth Ave.

A runner who was stopped before she could finish the marathon reunited with loved ones on Commonwealth Ave.

A Boston Police officer maintaining a security perimeter around the blast site.

A Boston Police officer maintained a security perimeter around the blast site.

A family reunites with a runner after the explosion.

A family reunited with a runner after the explosion.

Leonardo Medina applauds as the runners who were unable to finish before the race's supension pass along the marathon route after about an hour of waiting. They were never allowed to finish.

Leonardo Medina applauded as the runners who were unable to finish before the race’s suspension walked and jogged along the marathon route after about an hour of waiting. They were never allowed to finish.

Metro SWAT officers maintain a security perimeter around a group of about 100 members of the National Guard.

Metro SWAT officers maintained a security perimeter around a group of about 100 members of the National Guard.

A group of Metro SWAT officers gather for a briefing in Boston Common.

A group of Metro SWAT officers gathered for a briefing in Boston Common.

A person who appears to be handcuffed is watched over by Boston Police officers on Boston Common.

A person who appeared to be handcuffed was watched over by Boston Police officers on Boston Common.

A member of the Metro SWAT team on Charles Street between Boston Common and Boston Gardens.

A member of the Metro SWAT team on Charles Street between Boston Common and Boston Gardens.

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security were dispatched and could be seen on Commonwealth Ave.

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security were dispatched and could be seen on Commonwealth Ave.

A law enforcement officer responds to questions.

A law enforcement officer responded to questions.

A law enforcement officer on Charles Street near Boston Common.

A law enforcement officer on Charles Street near Boston Common.

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8 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Confusion at the Boston Marathon

  1. Janet Gilardi says:

    Matt , you are so brave~~Thank God you are Safe !!!! Sad but, great photos.

  2. [...] he writes, “I grabbed my camera and ran out the door.” For more of Dobbs’ photos, please click here. (Published with [...]

  3. monicles says:

    excellent photos

  4. Reblogged this on Frugal Foodie and commented:
    Thought I would showcase this incredible array of photos from yesterday, taken by my friend Taylor. While I was two blocks away at work at the time of the bombing, me and The Russian are fine and in one piece. Check out Taylors blog at Situationreports.wordpress.com

  5. sarahvkerrigan says:

    Well done Taylor -

  6. [...] I wasn’t the only one who noticed his good work. The BBC interviewed him several times Monday afternoon and, by Tuesday, he’d agreed to produce a piece for Medium — a new digital publication led by one of the founders of Blogger. You can see it here. (More photos are available on Taylor’s blog.) [...]

  7. Joe Gullo says:

    Excellent photos and reporting!

  8. [...] Marathon, so I heard the bombs go off on Monday, April 15, 2013. A few minutes later, I was outside taking photos. I wrote for Medium about the experience of walking through Boston as it went from a city in [...]

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