Breaking: Multiple Explosions Reported At Finish Line Of Boston Marathon [UPDATING]

Editor’s Note: The Frisky has ceased posting any additional content for the day and will only be updating this post.

Shortly after 3 p.m. EST before 2:45 p.m. EST today, multiple explosions were reported at the finish line location for the Boston Marathon. Various witnesses have reported hearing two explosions near the finish line, close to the Boston Public Library. It’s unclear at this point what the cause was or how many might be injured. We’ll update this post as more news comes in. [MSNBC; Boston Herald]

More, after the jump…

Below, MSNBC footage of the explosions.

3:30 p.m. EST: According to CNN, the two explosions happened a few seconds apart, on opposite sides of the street. They happened about an hour after the race’s first runners crossed the finish line. The race was halted, as was subway service to the area. Multiple injuries, including some grave injuries, have been reported.

A statement from the Boston Marathon organizers has not confirmed that bombs were actually responsible.

A third explosion was a controlled explosion detonated by the police.

In response to this news, New York counter-terrorism units have been dispatched.

4:00 p.m. EST: Worth noting, though there may be no connection, today is Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, a civic holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War.

4:10 p.m. EST: MSNBC is reporting that Boston police has confirmed two people have been killed and at least 22 have been injured. MSNBC is also reporting that officials believe there was at least one homemade bomb — an I.E.D. — used.

4:20 p.m. EST: The New York Times has mapped out where each of the blasts occurred.

4:30 p.m. EST: Two more explosive devices were found and are being dismantled, according to the AP.

Below, an incredible photo of police responding to the explosions:

4:40 p.m. EST: ABC News is reporting that police are telling people on the scene not to use their cellphones because they could set off any additional explosive devices.

The New York Post is reporting that police have identified a suspect and he’s being guarded in a Boston hospital, but I have not yet seen that reported on any other news sites.

4:54 p.m. EST: According to the Boston Police Department, a third explosion occurred at the JFK Presidential Library “about a half-hour ago,” and no injuries have been reported. They don’t know for sure if the two incidents are related.

For the record, The NY Post is reporting wildly different — and additional — information than any other news outlet, and as such, I’m taking everything they’re saying with a grain of salt and won’t be linking to them going forward.

Governor Deval Patrick called the incident “a horrific attack,” and said the media can “draw their own conclusions” about whether this was a “terrorist” attack.

5:03 p.m. EST: AP is reporting that cellphone service has been suspended in Boston to prevent remote detonations of explosions.

5:11 p.m. EST: If you’re looking for family call 617-635-4500. Google has also created a person finder.

5:17 p.m. EST: Multiple news reports saying that the 26th mile of the race was dedicated to victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “Families from Newtown, Connecticut were sitting in the VIP section near the finish line, where the explosions occurred, but it’s unclear if they were present at the time of the explosions.”

Boston PD says that the NY Post’s report of a suspect being in custody is not true and they don’t know where they’re getting their information.

5:30 p.m. EST: Boston PD is now confirming that there was not a third explosion at the JFK Presidential Library, there was an electrical fire that appears to be unrelated to the explosions at the Marathon.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says that there was no known threat in advance of the Marathon today.

5:54 p.m. EST: President Obama is expected to speak at 6:10 p.m. EST. I’ll embed video of his remarks as soon as they’re available.

6:04 p.m. EST: The Boston PD says that no suspects are in police custody and reports to the contrary — ahem, NY Post – are FALSE.

6:30 p.m. EST: President Obama’s full remarks below:

If you’re looking for a bit of brightness on this dark day, remember these words by the incomparable Fred Rogers and check out the #helpers hashtag on Twitter.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

6:56 p.m. EST: Heartbroken to relay the news (via MSNBC and ABC News) that one of the two confirmed deaths was an eight-year-old child.

8:56 p.m. EST: According to the AP, Boston PD has confirmed that there have been now three fatalities as a result today’s attack.

11:23 p.m. EST: This is wonderful and amazing: a running Google doc of people offering up places to stay to those displaced by today’s events.