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The Boston Marathon explosions: 7 heartwrenching images
Would-be revelers grapple with a devastating turn of events
 
A woman is comforted after two explosions rock the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15.
A woman is comforted after two explosions rock the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Details of the blast that rocked one of Boston's biggest citywide celebrations are just starting to emerge. What we know so far is that at least two explosions erupted mere feet from the finish line, where well-wishers, families, friends, and officials waited to celebrate the triumph of fatigued and super-determined runners. For people on the ground, the scene was chaotic. And as they come to grips with the unprovoked horror that turned a day of commemoration into one of grief, we look through a small collection of heartbreaking photos from the devastating scene. 

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Lauren Hansen is the multimedia editor at TheWeek.com. A graduate of Kenyon College and Northwestern University, she started her career in arts publishing and has since worked at media outlets including the BBC and Frontline.

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