BOSTON - It was a chaotic scene in Boston as two explosives simultaneously detonated near the finish line of the marathon.
Counter-terrorism officials tell nbc news that multiple explosive devices were found at the scene. they were timed to detonate at the height of the marathon as large crowds gathered near the finish line.
"These occurred 50 to 100 yards apart," Boston Police Commissioner said. "Each one resulted in multiple casualties."
Cameras were rolling as the explosions erupted near the main grandstand where spectators had gathered.
The remaining runners were diverted and the race canceled as emergency crews rushed in.
President Obama addressed the nation.
"We will find out who did this, we will find out why they did this," the President said. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."
Injuries are severe. Some of the victims have reportedly lost limbs.
"Everybody started running the other way, there were people running toward them to help out the injured," one witness said. "And there were some really bad bad injuries. some people were very very hurt."
The explosion was so powerful that some runners on the course were knocked to the ground while the majority of those injured are believed to be spectators.
The governor of Massachusetts is now asking boston residents to stay home.
"We are asking that people stay out of crowds and calmly make their way home," Governor Deval Patrick said.
Police and emergency officials in Boston are now dealing with a mass casualty situation as a shaken city tries to come to crips with a violent attack in the heart of the city.
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We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.
MINOCQUA - Channeling your child's energy can be quite a task. The Family Resource Connection from Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin has found a way to combine music and movement to stimulate your child's development.
The Music Garden program is designed to awaken your child's imagination while celebrating the remarkable bond shared between you.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
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