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April 17, 2013

Local unharmed in Boston blasts

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“We couldn’t feel or hear anything,” he said of the blasts. “There were so many people running, and they had friends on the side who were screaming [for the runners], and we couldn’t hear anything. We were watching for Felicia to come by, and just before she came up we could see police officers jump on motorcycles and running downhill.

“Felicia came up [and continued running the course] by the time we realized something had happened,” said Stagner, which he estimated at about 15 minutes after people around him first talked about the explosions.

Stagner added that he saw law enforcement from the many towns around Boston rushing by.

“Traffic was terrible all over town,” he added. “A lot of people were trying to get out of town.”

Scott said she was near the 24-mile mark, running along Beacon Street, in Brookline, Mass., before she was stopped. She said officials “closed the whole marathon at the 22-mile mark,” but added that she and about 30 other runners were already past this point and kept running.

“It was confusing,” she said, noting at one point someone told them officials had moved the finish line.

When the group of runners Scott was in was stopped, they were taken to a nearby church, where they could use their cell phones and wait until transportation came.

She said there was no heat in the church and temperatures Monday were in the 50s. Clothed in running tights, a short-sleeved running shirt and a ball cap, she said she got cold and sought a warmer place to wait.

“I met some kids who went to a college (nearby) and they walked me over to a Holiday Inn where it was warm,” she said. “They were really nice.”

The hotel where she was waiting helped her arrange for a taxi. She said they also set up a TV so people could watch the latest news of two powerful bombs exploding near the finish line of the marathon, killing three spectators, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 170 others.

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