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Only 15-20 feet away, people all...

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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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Only 15-20 feet away, people all around me hurt and maimed yet I was untouched. The sound of the first blast went right through me and I ducked behind the person standing next to me as particles of dust and metal and concrete and glass flew toward us. Walked in a daze wondering how or if I would ever find my friend, Lucy, who was expected to be finishing at 4:07:24 on the race clock. It would take two hours of waiting and praying before we found each other. I am so grateful to have been spared on Monday. My heart is broken for those who were not...

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