LIVE BLOG: Boston marathon bombings

BOSTON, MA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three people have been killed and more than 100 injured after two explosions rocked an area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at about 2:50 p.m. Eastern time on Monday. Hawaii News Now will continue to bring you the latest updates as new information is made available.

UPDATE at 9:43 p.m.

The Associated Press reports that the Pakistani Taliban have denied any role in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The group's spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, denied involvement in a telephone call.

The group has threatened attacks in the U.S. before, and claimed responsibility for a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square in 2010.

UPDATE at 9:33 p.m.

The Boston Globe reports that the 8-year-old child who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified as Martin Richard.

UPDATE at 8 p.m.

CNN reports that at least 17 people are still in critical condition after Monday's blasts that took place during the Boston Marathon.

The nurses who responded after the blasts reportedly relied on their trauma experience to help the wounded.

UPDATE at 7:20 p.m.

CNN is reporting that police say the death toll in the Boston bombings stands at 3.

UPDATE at 6 p.m.

A television station is reporting that police are searching an apartment in a Boston suburb, and authorities confirm the search is part of the investigation into the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. WBZ-TV reports that police are searching the apartment in Revere. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant was served Monday night but provided no further details.

UPDATE at 2:54 p.m.

Boston police: At least 3 people killed in marathon bombing. Police commissioner Ed Davis confirmed the three deaths but provided no details.

UPDATE at 2:20 p.m.

CNN is reporting that Boston Police are searching for Penske truck that tried to gain access to marathon route before the explosions, but was turned away.

UPDATE at 1:38 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting that, the injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to amputations. Many victims suffered lower leg injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.

Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of the department of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says one or two of the hospital's 21 patients faced a "high probability of mortality."

UPDATE at 1:38 p.m.

At least 132 injuries reported in Boston terror attack, at least 17 are critical; 8 are children according to CNN.

UPDATE at 1:15 p.m.

Honolulu FBI agent, Tom Simon released this statement: "The Honolulu FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force is monitoring the situation in Boston through law enforcement and intelligence channels. We have no credible information of any imminent threat of violence targeting Hawaii."

UPDATE at 1:05 p.m.

The Associated Press: Hospitals reports at least 105 injured, at least 15 critically, in Boston explosions.

UPDATE at 12:45 p.m.

Hawaii native and Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino tweeted the following: "Boston is a tough, resilient town and will prevail over this saddening tragedy!"

UPDATE at 12:34 p.m.

An eight-year-old child is reportedly among those who died during the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to media reports.

UPDATE at 12:14 p.m.

In an address from the White House Briefing Room, President Obama says that there are no Republicans or Democrats but "We are Americans united in concern for our fellow citizens."

President Obama also said that "We still do not know who did this or why… But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. Any responsible individuals or groups will feel the full weight of justice."

UPDATE at 12:02 p.m.

Per The Associated Press: Boston police commissioner: JFK Library fire doesn't appear to be related to marathon explosions.

UPDATE at 11:56 a.m.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation at 12:10 p.m. Hawaii time. Click the link above to watch.

UPDATE at 11:40 a.m.

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UPDATE at 11:14 a.m.

All fights at Boston-Logan International Airport have been grounded by the FAA until further notice, according to an airport representative.

UPDATE at 11:06 a.m.

Associated Press: A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.

UPDATE at 10:50 a.m.

Edward Davis, Boston Police Commissioner, just held a press conference and revealed further details into the explosion. The blasts occurred 50 to 100 yards apart, and each scene resulted in multiple casualties. All victims have been removed from the scene. Officers have been sent to hospitals to be in touch with family and potential witnesses.

Davis also confirms that a third incident occurred at the JFK Library at around 10:15 a.m.

"Very much an ongoing event at this time," says Commissioner Davis, who also asks that people do not congregate in large crowds.

UPDATE at 10:27 a.m.

The Associated Press is reporting that, according to intelligence officials, 2 additional explosive devices that did not detonate were found at the Boston Marathon and that they were being dismantled by authorities.

UPDATE at 10:22 a.m.

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UPDATE at 10:14 a.m.

CNN is reporting that areas in New York City and Washington D.C. near the White House are in heightened states of security after the explosions in Boston.

UPDATE at 10:05 a.m.

Boston Police are confirming that 2 people have died and at least 22 people have been injured during explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

UPDATE at 10:02 a.m. 

CBS News reports that medical tents that had been set up to aid runners injured during the marathon are being converted to "triage centers" to assist those who have been wounded during the blasts.

UPDATE at 9:51 a.m.

If you have friends and family who participated in the Boston Marathon and you have not yet been able to get in touch with them, you can search their race staus / finish time at the following link:

UPDATE at 9:45 a.m.

By: Matt Quillen

(RNN) - Two explosions happened near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at about 2:50 p.m. ET Monday, nearly three hours after the first of the event's winners crossed.

Jackie Bruno, a reporter for New England Cable News, tweeted there were "horrific" injuries at the site of the blast, including people with limbs missing. Police said they were finding "secondary devices" in the area and pleading with people to go home, according to a Boston Globe reporter on Twitter

Spectators for the race, held annually on Patriots Day, were rushed to medical tents for treatment following the blasts. CNN reported four people have been taken to the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital and at least six were injured.

WBZ reported one of the explosions happened near the viewing stands on Boylston Street, and there were multiple injured people. Smoke could be seen rising feet from the marked finish line.

Reuters stated via Twitter a spokesman for the marathon said the headquarters have been locked down. A CNN producer reported members of the crowd were injured when a pair of explosions happened, and medics are on the scene giving assistance.

Josh Cox, the U.S. 50K record holder, tweeted for people not to go near the finish line after explosions along with a picture from near the scene. The Lenox Hotel, located a block from the site, has also been evacuated.

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