By Shannon Carlin

Finishing his first Boston Marathon today, Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block narrowly escaped the  explosions that went off near the finish line, which resulted in at least 40 injuries and two deaths (as of 4:45 p.m. Monday).

CBS Boston reported that the blasts happened around 2:50 p.m. EST outside Marathon Sports on Boylston Street. At 2:58 pm, Boston resident McIntyre assured friends, family and fans via Twitter that he was okay. Though it was too early to know what had actually happened, he was sure there were many that had been injured in the incident.

Later that evening, McIntyre tweeted again, this time he was at a loss for words over the tragedy that had befallen his hometown only a few hours earlier.

After finding out McIntyre was okay, fellow NKOTB bandmate Donnie Wahlberg tweeted that he “would be off Twitter” and asked for people to pray  for “all those impacted” by the blasts. (Other artists reacted to the explosions on Twitter as well.)

McIntyre was running to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s research and raised over $30,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of his mother who has the disease.

Police are still investigating what caused the blasts.

Head over to CBS Boston for more information on the Boston Marathon explosions.


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