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In Oak having lunch when I...

In Oak having lunch when I heard the first bomb go off. Took a couple of minutes before people in the bar were commenting that people were running away from the finish line. Ran to find my wife and 8 month old daughter that were sitting in the grandstand seats across from where the first bomb went off. Thankfully my family was not injured.

We were at the finish line,...

We were at the finish line, but decided we were too early to see our friends finish so we went to grab a bit to eat. We were on our way back about to head toward the finish line when we felt the first explosion. My friend's spouse (who lived through 9/11) immediately knew what it was and that is when we backed away and got as far away as possible.

My daughter had just locked her...

My daughter had just locked her bike to the railing at Shaw's where she was meeting a roommate who had run the race. She would have gone to the finish line but had gotten word that her roommate had run much faster than expected so she went directly to the meet-up place. She called me seconds after the 2nd blast "Dad, I think there was a bomb."

We were standing on the front...

We were standing on the front "patio" of an Boylston apartment next to the Walgreens, between Fairfield and Gloucester, looking towards the finish line when I heard the first boom, which my brain thought was a cannon until I saw the big cloud of white smoke that came with it. I immediately thought there was a structural collapse. The second boom…

I was at the Prudential Center's...

I was at the Prudential Center's outdoor plaza, near Hynes Convention Center watching the runners, when the explosions occurred. I had come down to Boston to cheer on my housemate, who was running with the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge Team.

I had walked over to Boston from Cambridge and was at the Pru less than 5 minutes before the blasts.…

Watched my dad come up Boylston...

Watched my dad come up Boylston as I stood outside the Lenox hotel. We high fived as he passed and then once he made it down to the finish area I turned around to walk back to Ring St. to try make my way to the meeting area. First explosion happened within seconds of turning around. People screamed and a few around me yelled to "Stay calm." It was…

I was under the British flag...

I was under the British flag or the one right next to it. A little girl and her grandmother were upfront right near the fence. I was waiting for my sister to come across the finish line at any moment. Then I heard a loud boom to my right and saw smoke billowing high and fast from the ground. I froze on the spot. All around me people started to run.…

I was walking with my wife...

I was walking with my wife down Dartmouth St toward Boylston St when the explosions happened. After the second explosion we saw people running away from the finish line. First responders stated bringing patients toward the medical tent. Bystanders including myself and my wife started helping wounded patients into the medical tent.

Tried to get as close to...

Tried to get as close to finish line as possible, but did not want to deal with the big crowds, so I stayed back a block or two. Very lucky I did. Heard the explosions and walked back to Mass Ave as quickly as possible to go to a bar where a TV would be on.

i was in boston yesterday at...

i was in boston yesterday at the finish line with my family family waiting for my son Mike and his fiance Amber (who you wrote about in the sign story) to finish the marathon. we happened to be standing right across from where the first bomb went off and because we couldnt see very well, we decided to move down boylston street alittle. we had to…