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WASHINGTON (AP) - A person briefed on the Boston Marathon investigation says the explosives were in 6-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags.

The person says the explosives were placed on the ground and contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The person says law enforcement officials have some of the bomb components but did not yet know what was used to set off the explosives.

President Barack Obama said Tuesday the bombings were an act of terrorism but investigators do not know if they were carried out by an international or domestic organization, or perhaps by a "malevolent individual."

Doctors say they removed a host of sharp objects from children and adults injured by the Boston Marathon explosions.

A doctor at Boston Children's Hospital said they removed BB pellets and nails from children.  Dr. David Mooney says there were nails sticking out of one little girl's body.

Two children remain in critical condition at the hospital with serious leg injuries. Mooney said that tourniquets applied by emergency responders at the race saved the children's lives.

More than 170 people were hurt by the blasts. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital also say they removed metal fragments from victims of the bombs.

Hospitals began releasing more information Tuesday about the victims' injuries, including broken bones, amputated limbs and head injuries. 

President Barack Obama says the explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror, although authorities still don't know who is responsible.

He called the bombing "a heinous and cowardly act" used to target innocent civilians. Obama spoke to reporters at the White House after a briefing by his national security team.

Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded in Monday's bombing at the famous marathon's finish line. 

Obama has ordered flags at the White House and all government buildings to be flown at half-staff.    

Obama signed a proclamation making the order Tuesday morning, calling it a "mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says no unexploded bombs were found at the Boston Marathon. He says the only explosives were the ones that went off Monday.

Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 injured by two explosions just seconds apart near the finish line.

Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers says there are no known additional threats and agents are following a number of leads. 

Police commissioner Ed Davis says it is the most complex crime scene in history of the department.

Authorities are looking for amateur video and photographic evidence that can give clues to who set off the bombs.

A young victim of the Boston Marathon bombings is being remembered as a vivacious boy who loved to run and climb.

Congressman Stephen Lynch, a friend of the family, says 8-year-old Martin Richard was among the three people killed in the explosions Monday. The boy's mother and sister were badly injured.

Lynch says the family had gone to get some ice cream and then to the finish line to watch some friends cross. He describes them as a strong family and says they're doing better than expected.

A candle burned on the stoop of the family's single-family home in the city's Dorchester section, and the word "Peace" was written in chalk on the front walkway.  A child's bicycle helmet lay overturned on the front lawn.

Boston's Logan Airport has heightened security the day after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. One flight was returned to the gate and rescreened, while another was held after landing so authorities could inspect the baggage.

A US Airways spokesman says the Transportation Safety Administration asked that Flight 1716 from Philadelphia be parked remotely when it landed and the baggage inspected. Passengers were taken to a building away from the terminal during the inspection while luggage was unloaded and screened.

United Airways Flight 636 to Chicago was returned to the gate and passengers sent back through security screening at the request of the crew while the aircraft was swept. A United spokeswoman did not say why. The TSA didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

Dr. Jose Tongol of Albany ran in the race; Mike Beeman, a teacher at  Tift County High and Dustin Bengston of Tifton both ran in the race.

Yvette Moore and April Scruggs of Valdosta participated in the marathon, as did Shelton Ansley of Cairo, Christian Hufstetler and Gregory Waddell of Bainbridge.

Charlene Pennymon of Americus also ran, and we interviewed her April 5th before she left for the race.

"This was the brain child of a woman that just called me one day," she told WALB. "She said 'Charlene what you're doing is just awesome, and I want to do something for you. Is it ok if we raffle off a Green Egg?'

"I was like of course, you called me to ask me that? I mean, that is just unreal to call me out of the blue and ask me. It was very humbling and I'm really just appreciative of my whole town."

 Pennymon's friends in Americus are relieved to hear that she was not injured in today's blast. We spoke with Ivy Oliver of the Chamber of Commerce.

"We were because our phones have just been going off since we got the news about everything that was going on up there.  Everybody was very concerned and we are so glad to hear that she is okay."  

"I was like of course, you called me to ask me that? I mean, that is just unreal to call me out of the blue and ask me. It was very humbling and I'm really just appreciative of my whole town."



WALB has compiled an unofficial list of participants from South Georgia-









Hufstetler, Christian






Waddell, Gregory






Ansley, Shelton






Beeman, Michael






Pennymon, Charlene






Tongol, Jose






Scruggs, April N






Moore, Yvette




Google has set up "Person Finder" for those  affected by the Boston Marathon Explosions.


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