Two locals registered to run the Boston marathon

By APN News & Media

<inline type="recurring-inline" id="3478" align="normal" enforce-sites="no" />New Zealanders have described the scenes after explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon as "chaotic". The explosions have claimed the lives of at least three people and injured many more.

Tauranga runners Judith May and Stephen Blair were two of the 45 New Zealanders registered to run the marathon.

So far there have been no reports of New Zealand runners or spectators being injured.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has offered assistance to anyone who cannot reach family or friends in Boston. Anyone with concerns should call 04 439 8000 and ask to speak to a consular adviser.

Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand's consul-general in Boston Simon Leeming has been working with two New Zealanders who were close to the explosion.

He said they were not injured but had contacted the embassy.

Mr Key said there had been no news of other New Zealanders injured in the explosions.

He said there had only been five calls to the embassy from New Zealanders.

"It's a very frightening and serious situation; our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones, or who have been injured."

Mr Key said information that had come in about the explosions had been "relatively sketchy" and it was unclear what the cause had been.

He said the Government was working with officials in New York and Boston.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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