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While looking down towards the finish...

While looking down towards the finish line, about 500ft from the second explosion. I saw the first explosion, a friend next to me said, what was that, Fireworks, I said out loud, That not right.. and as we kept looking down towards the finish line we saw the second, At that point I grabbed my 2 friends and told them to run up towards the food court…

I was with with 3 other...

I was with with 3 other coworkers, two of their kids, and the husband of a coworker we were there to watch run. We had seats in the VIP bleachers. We heard a loud noise and at first thought it was a canon, maybe even something planned as part of the show. Then we looked up, saw a ton of smoke of the first bomb. We then heard the second bomb and…

I was one of the last...

I was one of the last finishers, as it turns out. Exactly one minute after I finished, put on a space blanket and collected my thoughts, I heard the first blast behind me. I turned to see the second blast. As I have relatives in Israel, I am sensitive to terrorist bombings. I fully expected a blast in my immediate vicinity, the finish line being a…

I had just crossed the finish...

I had just crossed the finish line of my first marathon, after years of dreaming of running Boston. I ran a 3:56:41 - hit my goal and was euphoric. I kept myself upright for the sole purpose of ensuring I got my medal. Then I heard a boom, saw a plume of smoke. Another boom, another plume. I thought they were cannons, like those fired every time…

I was standing in front of...

I was standing in front of the lord and taylors waiting for my manager to finish the race. When the first bomb with our i thought it was cannon or a transformer blew. Then I saw the smoke coming towards me.

Ten seconds later the second one went off and i people kept screaming we are under attack and ran into the verizon store and stayed there…

I was standing in front of...

I was standing in front of the Lord & Taylor. It was my husband's sixth Boston Marathon and I'd never seen him cross the finish line. I decided to surprise him this year. I left my 4 and 2 year old sons with relatives at the Copley Marriott hotel and went down to Boylston Street alone. I managed to make my way to the front of the barricades…

We were on our way to...

We were on our way to meet our friend who was scheduled to cross the finish line any minute when we heard the two explosions. At first, we just kept walking toward the finish line--it seemed no one wanted to admit out loud that what we heard sounded like bombs. All of a sudden, we heard someone up ahead yell "RUN!" and the crowd around us just…

I was at Whiskey's with friends...

I was at Whiskey's with friends waiting to cheer on my sister, who was running the marathon. We had just ordered a round of drinks after determining she was at mile 20 when we heard a loud boom. My sister's boyfriend stood up to look at something outside the window when we heard an even louder boom. He turned to us and said we had to leave right…

My husband crossed the finish line...

My husband crossed the finish line at 2:30 PM. I had been sitting the VIP grandstand area with my 7 year old son. We were heading to the family meeting area when we heard the explosions. It didn't register immediately that there was an issue. I looked on my twitter account and saw the first posting which stated that there was a reported bombing…

I was standing on the street...

I was standing on the street in front of the fence as a volunteer which I have done every year for the past five years. I saw the blast, and immediately felt the hot rush of air and smelled the smoke. People scattered everywhere. I saw scared looks on police officers faces. The second blast went off down the road and that is when I thought I was…