Today there was stopping....
The picture below shows how close my family was to today's blast.
I was approaching Hereford St when I heard the bomb's go off. We (the runners) all looked at each other and said "what was that?"... it sounded like canon blast or something like that. When I hit Hereford St. I can see and and smell smoke.... smelt like sulfur. When I came up to Boyslton, the cops stopped us in our tracks. I knew right then and there that something bad had happened. The cops said that a bomb had gone off at the finish line.....
... My heart sank. I knew that my wife and kids where right there waiting for me. I immediately grabbed my iPhone which I was using to listen to music and called my wife. She answered, but with all the commotion and noise I could not make out what she was telling me. I kept asking her if the kids where ok and I couldn't hear what she was telling me....
I started to cry.... I feared the worst.... I started to run down Boylston when the cops grabbed me and told me that they couldn't let me go down there. I ran towards the side fencing and jumped over it at started running down further. Still on the phone with my wife I was finally caught up with them on the corner of Exeter St. and Newbury St.
My wife and kids were crying and telling me that there were bodies everywhere after the explosion. They told me the blast threw them off their seats. Then they told me that my parents, my sister and sister-in-law where there too but that they were missing.
My heart sank even more.... After about 15mins we were able to locate them and reunite.
The police forced everyone away from the blast zone.... so we just started walking back towards the course. Then I saw where they had stopped all the other runners .
It was something unreal... Like out of a movie.
After about an hour the let them all go, but towards the buses, not the finish line.
This is a sad, sad day for Boston. I am so glad my family is safe, but I am so sad about all those that got hurt. It still feels so unreal.
This was suppose to be a day of celebration. I can't stop tears from falling and my heart from hurting.