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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…

I was watching the Marathon through...

I was watching the Marathon through the window of my office at 745 Boylston during most of the day. I wasn't at the window when the first explosion went off, it sounded like what I imagine a cannon would sound like. I ran to a window and the the second explosion went off. We were evacuated from the building about 15 minutes later, out into the back…

Was home working at the time...

Was home working at the time of the blasts. Heard both explosions clearly. Thought the first boom was falling equipment. Once I heard the second I started to fear something had happened on the marathon route...

I was standing with 6 of...

I was standing with 6 of my friends, waiting for my wife to run by. She was about 10 minutes away. The first bomb sounded like a cannon so I looked down the street, once I saw the smoke I knew something was wrong and before I could say anything to my friends, the second bomb went off.

We turned around and started running down Fairfield towards…

My girlfriend's parents and I were...

My girlfriend's parents and I were able to get a front row spot on the barrier after a large group left. We had been tracking my girlfriend using the Find-My-Friends app. My phone died as she was running down Beacon. She had just crossed 90 when the screen went black

Minutes later the first bomb exploded. It was so loud. It sounded like a…

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 on the roof of...

I was on the roof of that building smoking a cigarette, it was a scary thing hearing the boom and the cries.

My friend and I went into...

My friend and I went into Boston to go shopping for dresses for formal. We saw people were still finishing the marathon so decided to go and watch for a while. After about 10 minutes of cheering we got board and walked down Boylston street back towards Boston Common. There was a barrier blocking the street we needed to cross so we turned right and…

I was at the marathon celebration...

I was at the marathon celebration at the Mandarin Hotel. The party was winding down, but we had such a great view over Boylston, we were still sitting at the windows watching the race. Similar to others, we heard the first explosion and were confused; why would a cannon go off to mark 4 hours? Then the second explosion hit. Seeing the smoke and…

My husband, my two daughters (23...

My husband, my two daughters (23 and 25) were with a large group at Max Brenner's. we were all waiting for her boyfriend to run by with his group from work, they were running for a Charity. His parents had made a large poster of his face with sunglasses and my sughter was waving it just as the first explosion happened. No mistaking, it was a…