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Nearing Boylston on Hereford, within moments...

Nearing Boylston on Hereford, within moments of both explosions, I saw dark smoke in the air, and a sense of dread washed over me. At that moment a woman with reddish hair pulled back, her face flush behind a mask of freckles sprinting and screaming there were dead bodies all over the road came SPRINTING at us hysterically announcing the…

I was as close to the...

I was as close to the bomb as one could be without getting hurt. I was standing under the flag of Australia. the bomb went off behind the flag of Mexico. I am in the photos that were taken from the office building looking down on the bomb site. My husband was scheduled to arrive at the finish line just about the time the bombs went off. I had…

As everyone is at the Boston...

As everyone is at the Boston Marathon, I felt surrounded by the beautiful spirit of support and solidarity. My roommate, who had been training for months, was about 15 minutes from the finish line and all I could think of was how amazing it would be to see him run by.

When I heard the first explosion it shook the ground, but I thought it was…

After the first blast I walked...

After the first blast I walked out onto the balcony of the 5th floor of the office space we were having a marathon party at. Then within seconds the second bomb went off. The bomb blast went up it looked about 3 stories and out onto the street it seemed. I then saw what seemed like a dozen people down and one big heavy set guy in a sitting position…

I live in the South End...

I live in the South End and my parents were up visiting from Connecticut. We had just gotten to the corner of Boylston and Hereford st after walking over from Fenway Park where we went to the Red Sox game. My parents were excited as this was their first time being Boston Marathon spectators, naturally we were taking lots of pictures. I was bringing…

Saw the first explosion happen; ran...

Saw the first explosion happen; ran back towards the Pru and in transit heard the second explosion.

I was with my younger brother...

I was with my younger brother about to cross to meet our frien who had finished at mcgrevys bar. We were trying to use the bathroom in the Lenox hotel when we were told we could, decided to walk around the finish and just head to mcgrevys. We were directly across the street from the bomb when it went off, we were shook, ears ringing, smoke…

My Friend Barry and I had...

My Friend Barry and I had just taken in the Red Sox walk off 9th inning win and were in a great mood with the warm weather, the festival like atmosphere and the whole afternoon in front of us. I took a picture of the Berklee College of Music at 1100 Boylston at 2:47PM (three minutes before the blast) and sent it to my musically talented 14 year…

i was running toward the finish...

i was running toward the finish line, on the right hand side of the road. I saw the first explosion. I, and other runners near me thought it was some kind of strange celebration. We kept running toward the finish line. The second explosion went off. I felt the road shake, I saw.... a horrible nightmare. The smell in the air was like nothing I've…

At 2:50 p.m., what sounds like...

At 2:50 p.m., what sounds like a cannon blast tears into the air fewer than 50 yards to my left. My mother, aunt and I see a cloud of smoke fill the sky. I focus on the steeple of beautiful Old South Church, barely visible behind the smoke, a landmark I pass every day on my way to work. My immediate thought: A cannon must be part of the festivities…