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Online resources for Boston Marathon explosions

Caitlin McGarry | April 16, 2013
Credible sources on Twitter are providing eyewitness accounts of Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Details of the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon finish line remained hazy Monday afternoon, but 140-character updates are rapidly popping up on Twitter.

For up-to-the-minute, accurate coverage, some sources are more credible than others. Follow the Boston Globe's Twitter feed for on-the-ground updates:

BREAKING NEWS: Boston Police have called in all off-duty officers. Follow our live blog for updates:

- News (@BostonDotCom) April 15, 2013

Boston Globe reporter Billy Baker is talking to witnesses in Copley Square:

Runners are walking down Comm Ave, parallel to what should be their finish line, all looking shocked and bewildered.

- Billy Baker (@billy_baker) April 15, 2013

Anthony DeRosa, Reuters' social media editor, is tweeting updates and retweeting information from other news outlets and people on the scene:

Vine looping video of the explosion

- Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) April 15, 2013

NECN reporter anchor and reporter Jackie Bruno was on the scene:

2 dead, 22 injured. This should have been a day of joy. I was covering two marathoners who were supposed to get married. Awful.

- Jackie Bruno (@JackieBrunoNECN) April 15, 2013

The Boston Police Department's Cheryl Fiandaca is tweeting updates as the police department issues them:

Update 23 injuries2 dead #tweetfromthebeat

- Cheryl Fiandaca (@CherylFiandaca) April 15, 2013

Our colleagues at IDG News Service had a fixed camera trained on Copley Square for the marathon. The footage here is from the explosion: The camera shakes slightly and then smoke envelopes its view.

Massachusetts officials were encouraging people to use text messages to reach out to family instead of clogging the cell network.

You can also use the Red Cross's website to let your family know you're safe or to search for loved ones in Boston. If a friend or family member was running in Monday's race, the Boston Athletic Association's official Boston Marathon site can track their location. As this story was published, Google put up a person finder if you were looking for someone or have information about someone who may have been in the area. created a Google Doc for Boston residents to volunteer to host a runner who can't reach his or her hotel or fly out of Logan airport on Monday. Runners needing a place to stay can submit their information using a separate Google Doc.

For more information, contact the Boston Marathon hotline for victims and families at 617-635-4500.


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