On what is a day of celebration in Boston, a pair of explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, injuring at least 100 people and killing two. Police found two more bombs and disarmed them, officials said. A third blast from a controlled detonation was heard downtown, according to reports.
The school has now released information specific to the Boston College community. Full school release below:
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (4-15-13) --- Boston College is offering its support to the cities of Boston and Newton in light of today's explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. BC is located at mile 21 of the Marathon, more than 5 miles from where the explosions occurred.
Race officials stopped runners at Boston College when the explosions were reported. St Ignatius Church, on Commonwealth Avenue at the edge of the BC campus, was opened as a place for runners to seek water, nutrition and warmth.
Boston Police have reported that 2 people were killed and many others wounded as a result of the explosions. They have not released the names of the victims at this time, pending notification of families.
Boston College Police have stated that they see no threat to the BC campus, but ask all members of the BC community to remain vigilant. Contact BCPD at 617-552-4440 with any concerns. Boston Police have asked that individuals avoid the Marathon area to allow police and emergency personnel to gain access without delay.
Several hundred BC students ran the Marathon this year to raise money for the Campus School. While there have been no reports of issues, BC runners are asked to email Campus School officials at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them at @CSVBC_Marathon. They can also post on the Campus School's Facebook page, or call Sean Schofield at 617 959 1254.
The University extends its thoughts and prayers to all affected by this tragedy.
Additional information will be reported via bc.edu/bcinfo as it becomes available.
---Office of News & Public Affairs
If you know someone running the race or in the area this afternoon and want to let folks know they're okay, you can do so below. Cell service is limited in the downtown area so you can use text message or social media to make contact. The phone number if looking for family members is 617-635-4500. Phone number to report information is 800-494-TIPS. Google has also set up a Google Spreadsheet for those searching for people and for those with information on runners and spectators.
SBNation.com will be updating this StoryStream with news and updates throughout the day.
For those who haven't spent time in Boston, it's hard to explain how big a deal Patriots Day is in Boston. Not only do 27,000 runners from 90+ countries participate in the race, but there's an early Red Sox game and schools and businesses are off for the state holiday. It's a day for celebration that will forever be changed based on today's events. Just a truly devastating tragedy.
Everyone at BC Interruption is safe and accounted for. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible tragedy. To the Boston Police, Fire, Massachusetts National Guard and all the first responders, thank you for keeping everyone safe. You are real heroes.