Two people were killed and more than 100 injured after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon today.
The blasts shattered the carnival atmosphere of one of the biggest sporting events in America, causing panic and confusion.
Spectators covered in blood were taken to the medical tent that had been set up to look after fatigued runners.
The first explosion was heard on the north side of Boylston Street about three hours after the elite runners crossed the line, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line.
Another explosion was then heard a few seconds later.
Around 28,000 runners were taking part in the marathon with athletes from every US state and more than 90 other countries.Stragglers heading for the finish line were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.
This year was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest. It is the second biggest single-day sporting event in the US behind the Super Bowl in terms of media coverage. More than 500 000 spectators line the course every year.
Prize money for this year’s event was $US 806 000.
A Kenyan or Ethiopian man has won the Boston Marathon 23 times in the last 25 years.
Up to the time Barbados TODAY went live it could not be determined from any of the local associations if any Barbadians had left the island to take part in the race which was aborted after the explosions.
The winners were Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia for the men and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya for the women.††