W. Mich. residents in Boston respond to explosions
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 10:49 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than 100 West Michigan runners took part in the Boston Marathon Monday.
Newschannel 3 has talked with several local people who were right there as the bombs went off.
It's something many of them say they'll hold with them for a lifetime--being that close to what is an apparent coordinated attack against people who were simply at the finish line of one of the great sporting events in our country.
There were thousands of people packed in around the area of the bombings.
Many of them at the time this all happened were family members, waiting for their loved ones to cross the marathon's finish line--something that's a dream for many local runners.
We talked with Jan Drake, from Kalamazoo, whose daughter Caroline finished the race just a few minutes before the explosions.
Both watched it all happen.
"We heard a huge explosion and then we're pretty close to it; so you could feel it too," Drake said. "The runner comes over, and then we heard a second one; that one was just as loud."
Both are doing fine now, but were having a tough time getting out of Boston. We spoke to them about an hour after the explosions.
They were angry that someone would do something like this at what is such a great athletic event.