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My boyfriend and I were walking...

My boyfriend and I were walking up towards Boylston from Exeter Street to watch our friend finish the race... and just as we approached Boylston, we heard the first blast and it was so loud that it startled us greatly. Moments later a second blast sounded and we starting running up towards Back Bay Station. We ran into a local hotel and watched the…

Me and my wife just arrived...

Me and my wife just arrived 10-15mins before the first blasts. We decided to take exeter from commonwealth (dont know really why) with our 3 week old and almost 2 year old daughters. My wife was thinking of proposing to go to the finish, but luckily was busy looking after the 2 year old. We ran into exeter and alley 433.
We were invited by locals…

Was standing at the corner of...

Was standing at the corner of Exeter and Boylston next to the TV truck tractor.My daughter and I were working for the TV crew. When the first blast went off we took a step or two towards the street. When the 2nd one went off we headed under the truck then up Exeter away from Boylston.While we could not see either explosion bother were extremely…

We arrived in Boston by bus...

We arrived in Boston by bus from Maine and walked through town to the finish line to see a family member cross that line. We found a great observation spot on Boylston, just off the corner of Exeter, where we could see both the Jumbo tron and the finish line....we were under the French and German flags. Our family member was about 10 minutes from…

I was with a friend from...

I was with a friend from college and my 4 year old daughter. We were deciding if we should walk towards the finish line or stay where we were when the bomb went off. We heard the explosion and I turned and saw the smoke and immediately knew that it was so some type of bomb or attack. I grabbed my daughter and we began running for our lives down…

We had been standing at Exeter...

We had been standing at Exeter and Boylston waiting for a friend to come through when we decided to move towards the area where the second blast would eventually go off. About halfway there we found a spot on the fence, and stopped. Maybe 2 or 3 minutes later, the first blast went off. I honestly thought it was a large firework or celebratory…

My husband and I had been...

My husband and I had been walking West on Boylston Street from the Boston Common. We wanted to be able to get closer to the finish line and we passed it (in the opposite direction) when the race clock marked 4.08 hours. It was out first time watching the Boston marathon. We were about to keep on walking towards Exeterst St (I wanted to get a close…

My wife and I had just...

My wife and I had just moved up from the Exeter street corner and had stopped to watch the runners. We felt the pressure pulse and loud bang of the explosion to our left (looking out over Boylston street.) Looking towards the first explosion saw the cloud puff up and smelled the chemicals. My wife took a picture with her iPhone not realizing what…

My friends and I were out...

My friends and I were out to cheer on Joey McIntyre and had been standing across the street from the second blast. It was only by sheer luck I even saw him as he had changed clothes and we weren't sure what to look for. we yelled and cheered and he waved. Then we stepped back so others could move up and cheer on their runners. We decided to go to…

Was working a marathon party at...

Was working a marathon party at the hotel. Heard and felt the blast. Ran to the window and saw the second blast in front of Forum. And then chaos. Was locked down for about half hour when cops evacuated us to Exeter Street and then up past Huntington to the South End. Still not sure if the shock is gone yet.