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Hynes Convention Center Evacuated After Deadly Explosions at Boston Marathon

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR

Boston, MA – Police ordered a precautionary evacuation of the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center shortly after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed at least two people.

The mid-afternoon blasts on April 15 caused approximately 23 injuries and prompted police to shut down a wide area of downtown Boston. The explosions occurred in the 600 block of Boylston St. The convention center is at 900 Boylston.

The evacuation order came from Boston police within minutes of the twin explosions, Mac Daniel, director of communications and marketing for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority told Trade Show Executive (TSE).

There were no exhibitions taking place at Hynes at the time, although the move-in for ASCA 2013, the annual meeting of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, was scheduled for Tuesday April 16. A spokeswoman for the association told TSE they had not altered the meeting schedule but were monitoring the situation.

Reach Jim Rooney, executive director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, at (617) 954-2470 or jrooney@massconvention.com; Mac Daniels at (617) 954-2430 or mdaniels@massconvention.com

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