Apr 15, 2013, BOSTON, MA - Roopinder Tara, founder and editor of TenLinks, Inc., was in Boston to run the 117th running of Boston Marathon, and was only a few blocks away from the explosions that rocked the city and have already recorded 3 deaths and over a hundred injuries.
"I heard what I initially thought was thunder, but was confused as it was a clear and sunny sky," says Roopinder. "They were that loud. I couldn't tell where the sound was coming from as I was surrounded by tall buildings"
Roopinder was able to collect his belongings after finishing the race, but as he was leaving, the scene was getting increasingly active. The area in which family and friends were to meet the runners was filled with frantic people who were trying to connect with each other, as police and authorities were trying to secure the area, and trying to direct people away. Sirens were heard almost immediately and the streets were quickly filled by emergency vehicles.
The race has over 30,000 runners from all over the world. Many are cheered on with family and friends. The event itself is one of the most popular in Boston and nearby area, as hundreds of thousands of spectators line the 26.2 mile route from Hopkinton. The city holds the race during Patriots Day, a Monday, which many celebrate with a day off from work.
The indoor shopping mall, the Prudential Center, was closed early. Other public space may also have been closed and evacuated, either by demand or voluntarily and people crowded the sidewalks, trying to figure out what was going on, many trying to keep up with breaking news on smart phones. The race finish area was cleared out and barricaded, snarling downtown traffic. The race was abruptly stopped, even though racers were still coming in.
The explosion occurred about 2 hours after the 1st finishers had already crossed the line.
Those who sought to assure loved ones were thwarted by lack of cell phone service. It was reported that cell service was halted as the explosive devices may have been set off by cell phones.
Boston is not new to terrorist activity. The airplanes involved with 911 all took off from Logan, Boston's Int'l Airport.
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