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Boston Marathon Blasts Leave 3 Dead, 144 Injured, 17 Critically

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It should be one of the proudest moments of their lives, finishing one of the most prestigious marathon races in the world.

Instead, it ends in tragedy and has a nation grieving and wondering why.

The White House is calling the twin explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon an act of terror.

The bombings have claimed the lives of at least three people, including an 8-year-old boy identified by the Boston Globe as Martin Richard.

The 8-year-old's mom and sister were also injured as they waited for the boy's father to finish the race.

In all, 140 were 140 injured, 17 of them critically.

The search for the bomber is on, and investigators say a heavy police presence at a home in Revere, Mass., is related to the marathon explosions.

A source says a suspicious driver was pulled over by Revere police after driving past the state police barracks a number of times.

The driver reportedly had a nervous demeanor and led police and the FBI to the Water Edge Apartments. Investigators were seen leaving carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.

The fiery twin blasts hit just before 3 p.m. Monday near the finish line.

The explosions were about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and runners off their feet, shattering windows and sending dark plumes of smoke over the street.

The bombs were filled with ball bearings that sprayed into the crowd when they exploded.

The attack may have been timed for maximum carnage. The four-hour mark is typically a crowded time near the finish line because that's when many of the recreational runners complete the race and all their families and friends are there to cheer them on.

There were some 23,000 runners in the Boston Marathon this year, and tens of thousands of spectators.

Many ran for cover as the chaos erupted. But competitors and race volunteers also rushed to the aid of those who were maimed and injured. They were also trying to console each other after the worst bombing on U.S. soil since security was tightened after the Sept. 11th terror attacks.

Some of the injuries are extremely serious. People were bleeding profusely in the street, which looked more like a war zone than a marathon.

At least two dozen people lost limbs when the shrapnel from the bombs went flying. Victims suffered broken bones and ruptured eardrums.

Investigators spent the night searching mounds of personal belongings left behind by those running from the scene to make sure there are no more explosives.

Boston is obviously on high alert today. There is a heavy police presence as investigators try to find whoever is responsible. Commuters are being warned their bags could be searched.

It is anything but business as usual today, as the FBI floods the city with investigators and follows up on a number of leads.

The FBI is appealing for video, audio and still images from spectators who may unknowingly have an important clue into who did this and why, FOX 29'S Dawn Timmeney reported from the newsroom Tuesday morning.

Washington is displaying a silent but strong message of solidarity, support and honor in the wake of the explosions. The American flag on Capitol Hill was lowered to half-staff.

The Secret Service expanded its security around the White House. Police also tightened security on Capitol Hill.

A notice by the Capitol Hill police says the increased presence of police officers is a "proactive response" to the events in Boston. There has not been a specific threat made against Washington.

Security is also being stepped up in cities around the world. British police are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon, the next major international race.

London is considered a top target for international terrorists.

Last year, some 37,000 athletes competed in the London Marathon, with many more watching the event.

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