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April 16, 2013

Local runners safe at Boston Marathon

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon on Patriots Day, killing three spectators, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 140 other onlookers and runners.

There were 300 Hoosiers who took part in the marathon but all were reported to be uninjured. A handful of those runners were from Hendricks County. Among those scheduled to participate were Kimberley Porter, 41, of Avon; Nick E. Purdy, 25, of Brownsburg; Gary D. Hughes, 45, of Brownsburg; Jamie A. Owens, 40, of Plainfield; Kelly B. Thomas, 38, of Plainfield; and Kristen M. Downey, 27, of Plainfield.

Officers sweeping the area screened other suspicious packages in the vicinity, but officials said they did not discover any other explosives.

A fire-and-smoke incident less than two hours later at the cross-town John F. Kennedy Library was first thought to be related, but upon further investigation police determined it was an electrical fire and not connected.

The explosions near the finish line occurred more than four hours after the start of the race, and after 17,600 of the 27,000 runners had finished. The men’s winner, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, and the women’s winner, Rite Jeptoo of Kenya, crossed the finish line two hours before the bombs went off.

Race organizers said most of the runners still completing the race at the time of the explosions were running for charity organizations and not among the elite marathoners.

The injured were first taken to medical tents set up to treat fatigued runners, then transferred by ambulance to Boston hospitals. Massachusetts General Hospital said six people taken there were in critical condition, five in serious condition.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the marathon course bombs exploded at 2:50 p.m. in trash cans about 50 to 100 yards apart near the finish line on Boyleston Street, close to the Boston Public Library.

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