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Was about 30 ft away. The...

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This story was collected by the Boston Globe in the days immediately following the Boston Marathon Bombing. GlobeLab collected these anonymous stories on the Boston.com website and donated them to the Our Marathon Archive. We are grateful for this contribution, which gives insight into how Bostonians and visitors to the city understood the bombing events in their immediate aftermath.

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Was about 30 ft away. The blast was sudden, LOUD, and smoky. Utter confusion ensued, and many of us simply stopped in our tracks. A man working at Sugar Heaven jumped into action as soon as he realized it was a malicious bomb that had detonated just feet away, and directed me and others to evacuate to the back alley, so we didn't have time or wits to turn around and see the scene developing behind us. For that, and for my life, I am grateful.

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