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April 17, 2013

Local unharmed in Boston blasts

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At this point, she said she was a bit “freaked out and I just wanted to get back to my hotel.”

Scott said most of the runners stopped at mile 22 were bussed to the Boston Commons – not quite a mile from the Copley Square finish line, where the bombings occurred.

In addition to Stagner, Scott’s entourage included 18 friends and family, mostly from Weatherford, Brock, Mineral Wells and Arlington.

They watched her run and cheered her on at the 17-mile and 21-mile mark along the historic marathon route. But none of Scott’s crew were at the finish line.

“I was kind of thankful I wasn’t a faster runner,” Scott said. “My mother would have been up there and we would have all been at the finish line. It’s weird how things work. I was just thankful.”

Stagner left Boston Logan Airport sometime after 8:30 p.m. Monday on a flight scheduled to leave at 6:40 p.m.

“Watching the news now, about three-fourths of what I heard [Monday] is not true,” he said. “It’s real tragic about that little boy.”

Scott left Boston Logan International Airport Tuesday, around 1:30 p.m. eastern time. She called the atmosphere at the airport “pretty normal.” But she added that the Boston Police Department staffed the airport with investigators “asking runners questions if they knew anything.”

A federal official called the bombs a “potential terrorism investigation,” which appeared to be the work of more than one person.

FBI agents swarmed a high-rise apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere Monday night, leaving with three large bags full of undisclosed material. Local officials described the apartment as the residence of a “person of interest,” but no arrests were reported.

A 15-block area surrounding the scene of the bombings in the heart of downtown Boston was sealed with police tape, access restricted to residents who live there and hotel patrons. Bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled streets, alleyways and subway stations.

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