After two explosions detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon halfway through the race, social media has been filled with reaction from horrified witnesses and celebrities.
New Kids on the Block star, Joey McIntyre, Tweeted that he had just finished the race minutes before the bombs went off. Before starting the race Joey had Tweeted a photo of himself, stating he was running to raise money for both Alzheimer’s research and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear team.
Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy and more than 170 people were injured following the explosions.
Matt Damon released the following statement to ET Canada: “My heart goes out to the people of the city of Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in such a senseless and heartless way.”
See the celebrity reaction on Twitter below:
There was an explosion by the finish line about 5 minutes after I finished- I’m ok but I’m sure there are many hurt.
— Joey McIntyre (@joeymcintyre) April 15, 2013
I don’t know what to say. I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is ok. I am ok. Gonna take a while to process.
— Joey McIntyre (@joeymcintyre) April 15, 2013
Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) April 15, 2013
Thoughts and prayers with my hometown Boston today.
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) April 16, 2013
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) April 15, 2013
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 15, 2013
Prayers out to all of those affected by Boston Marathon Tragedy
— Jose Bautista(@JoeyBats19) April 15, 2013
— elisabeth hasselbeck (@ehasselbeck) April 15, 2013
— Sangita Patel (@sangita_patel) April 15, 2013
Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone in Boston right now….
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) April 15, 2013
Prayers for Boston today
— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) April 15, 2013
Sending prayers to everyone who was/is at the #bostonmarathon
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) April 15, 2013
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) April 15, 2013
Just seen the news, my thoughts are with the people of Boston x vb
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) April 15, 2013
Sending peace & many blessings to Boston ❤❤❤
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 15, 2013
Let’s all send our thoughts, our prayers and our energy to the people injured in Boston. My heart is with you.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 15, 2013
I don’t even know what to say. My heart just hurts for those involved in what happened in Boston. Praying for everyone…
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) April 15, 2013
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 15, 2013
Just heard about the Boston marathon tragedy. Trying to wrap my head around it. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there.
— Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) April 15, 2013
OMG I just turned on TV & saw all this massive sadness in Boston! What?! #prayersforBoston
— Shannon Tweed (@shannonleetweed) April 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims in Boston ow.ly/k5JcC
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) April 15, 2013
You never know what life holds.Boston is just another example of that. Take nothing for granted. My heart felt love goes out to Boston.
— Suze Orman (@SuzeOrmanShow) April 15, 2013
how can a world with so much hope and promise be so confusing at the same time?#Boston
— Joshua Morrow (@JoshuaMorrowYR) April 15, 2013
— Suzie McNeil (@SuzieMcNeil) April 15, 2013
My heartfelt love goes out to those affected by today’s tragedy in Boston. All of our thoughts are with you. #loveintothelight
— ke$ha(@keshasuxx) April 15, 2013
Prayers and thoughts for the victims of these horrible bombings in Boston.
— Daniel Goddard (@DanielGoddard) April 15, 2013
oh evil, how pitiful and small you are. We the good, cover the planet with a light that you will never dim. #bostonmarathon
— jann arden (@jannarden) April 16, 2013
For Boston, and for hope. twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/st…
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 16, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the city of Boston and all of those affected by this terrible incident.
— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) April 15, 2013
Sending my thoughts & prayers to Boston, my heart is with u all… #PrayForBoston
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) April 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the explosions in Boston.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 16, 2013
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 16, 2013
There are just no words. Stay safe Boston, stay strong.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 15, 2013
So sad to hear about Boston. Sending love .
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 16, 2013
I wish CNN would stop showing the bombing over and over and over – #terrorizing
— Rosie O’Donnell (@Rosie) April 15, 2013
Clutching my belly a little tighter today.
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) April 15, 2013