The area surrounding the Boston Marathon is on lockdown following two explosions near the finish line, one from inside a building and a second explosion emanating from an outside trash can, according to a police source on Monday.
The blasts occurred at about 2:55 p.m.., according to Boston Police Department officials, on Monday. There are no reports of possible suspects involved or if the double-blast was an accident, they said.
The Marathon was held on what was designated Patriot Day by the Boston city government.
“Terrorist attacks do not occur in a vacuum. They require planning and preparation, such as the acquisition of certain materials or training in targeted activities. Terrorist operatives will try to obtain these in the private sector, from businesses both inside and outside of New York City’s geographic boundaries,” according to a statement from the NYPD’s counterterrorism section.