The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted a temporary ground stop that halted inbound flights to Logan International Airport, the agency said. Following explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the FAA halted all inbound flights for about half an hour while the agency reconfigured the runways to keep aircraft from flying over Copley Square. Earlier, the agency imposed a temporary flight restriction above Copley Square in order to allow medical aircraft to evacuate victims. That flight restriction remains in effect. The ground stop isn’t expected to cause delays at Logan, airport officials said.
Credit to Katie Johnston Globe Staff
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From Globe Correspondent Justin A. Rice: Nelson Pereira, 36, of Dorchester was limping out of a VIP tent in Copley square just before 5:30 p.m. when police finally told him he could head home.
Pereira, who was running the Boston Marathon for the first time to raise money for Leukemia, was running through Boston College when he said he heard the explosion. He took the Orange Line to Copley Square to get his bag with his stuff because the Green Line was shut down.
But police told him he couldn’t leave Copley Square and he said he had no cell phone in his bag.
“I know a lot of my family is trying to get a hold of me,” he said as him limped out of the tent.” So they don’t know if I’m alright or not and I heard that two people got killed and 25 people got hurt. We heard the explosion. I ran basically 20 something miles.”
When asked about the fact that he could have been at the finish line during the explosion he said: “That’s crazy, I’m smiling but that’s crazy."
Mayor Thomas. M. Menino is expected to brief reporters at 6 p.m.
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President Obama will be speaking at 6:10 p.m.