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.
Boston Police answered questions as they moved crowds away from the scene.
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 arrived at the scene. It was waved through toward the marathon 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.
A runner who was stopped before she could finish the marathon reunited with loved ones on Commonwealth Ave.
A Boston Police officer maintained a security perimeter around the blast site.
A family reunited with a runner after the explosion.
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 maintained a security perimeter around a group of about 100 members of the National Guard.
A group of Metro SWAT officers gathered for a briefing in 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.
Agents from the Department of Homeland Security were dispatched and could be seen on Commonwealth Ave.
A law enforcement officer responded to questions.
A law enforcement officer on Charles Street near Boston Common.