April 16, 2013 12:26 pm

YouTube features terrifying Boston Marathon explosion videos

TORONTO – As details of the Boston Marathon explosions continue to emerge Tuesday, jarring images and videos showing the moment the explosions happened continue to circulate online.

Those videos – some showing graphic images of marathon runners and spectators being knocked off their feet from the force of the blasts – are being featured by YouTube in order to keep a record of the most up-to-date information about the explosions.

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The official YouTube Spotlight page displays videos from news outlets including The Associated Press, CNN and The Boston Globe, as well as raw video uploaded by users.

As of Tuesday morning the Spotlight page had a playlist of 26 videos, totaling 47 minutes of footage and had garnered over 4,000 subscriptions.

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A statement on the YouTube page notes that due to the developing nature of the story more information will be added as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, local and federal investigators are urging people with photos, or videos of the incident to come forward to help with the investigation.

A search for “Boston Marathon explosion” reveals over 34,000 results on the video sharing site.

Social media users continues to react to the Boston Marathon explosions

Reaction to the incident, now being called an “act of terror” by U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, has flooded social media as people continue to show their support for the residents of Boston and those affected.

In Canada #BostonMarathon and FBI were both trending on Twitter Tuesday morning, while the keywords Boston, FBI and President Obama were all trending in the U.S.

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