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UNREVIEWED: Local runners safe in Boston

A couple walks down Boylston Street away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday. Two bombs ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring dozens with some victims suffering amputations in what a White House official said would be handled as an "act of terror."

A couple walks down Boylston Street away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday. Two bombs ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring dozens with some victims suffering amputations in what a White House official said would be handled as an "act of terror."

BOSTON -- Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring an estimated 100 people on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch perhaps the world's best known marathon.

Boston police also reported another explosion at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, which is three miles from the marathon's finishing line.

Locals running in the race have reportedly escaped without injury.

Dr. Jose Tongol of Albany, who ran in the race Monday, was not injured and said that he was "doing OK," after the race.

Tift County High School teacher Mike Beeman was running his 36th consecutive Boston Marathon Monday. Officials at Tift County High School say that they have confirmed that he was in Boston but have not heard from him since he started the race.

Beeman's ex-wife, Maria Abad, posted a status about Beeman on her Facebook page after speaking with him.

"Mike was at mile 25.8 at the time of the first explosion. The explosion was 100 yards in front of Mike. Melanie (their daughter) was two blocks away. I just spoke to him and Melanie separately. Praise God, they are both safe," the statement reads.

Americus resident Charlene Pennymon had just crossed the finish line and was up the street when the explosion happened, according to her friends. She is uninjured but saw shards of glass and debris go flying from the area.

She crossed the finish line at 3 hours and 53 minutes. The bombs went off at 4 hours and nine minutes according to the Boston Marathon website.