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.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
Yesterday two people safely escaped a fire that badly damaged a house in Sugar Camp. It turned out that a cat could have been a victim, but the cat was rescued by a firefighter. We'll bring you details and show you the cat that was slightly injured and is recovering.
We'll tell you about a Plaza that might be built in Boulder Junction.
And you'll hear from the Rhinelander city clerk on preparations for early voting which begins this Friday.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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