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Runners react to explosions at Boston Marathon finish line

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By: Melissa Toupin

On Patriots Day the corner of Boylston at Berkeley St. in Boston is typically filled with runners who have completed the marathon. It's where they get food and retrieve their clothes before heading off to celebrate. But Monday was a different story. The intersection became a spot where runners families began their search for their loved ones to make sure they were okay.

"They told us to stop. Everyone stop what you are doing. We didn't know what happened," said Kaylan Bernard, a first time runner from Detroit.

Panic quickly took over along the route of the Boston Marathon. Runners were stopped in their tracks, and spectators, who were on the sidewalk by the finish line, were caught in two separate explosions.

"I saw an explosion," said runner Bobbie Moholland. "And before the smoke cleared there was a second explosion and a fireball."

"It was shock. I couldn't be live it. Just so sad," said runner Gina Richardson.

The number of people killed and the number injured continues to grow.

As people ran from the chaos Boston Athletic Association volunteer Frank Duncan headed towards it.

"[There were] cops going in and out scooping up small children and adults," he said.

Bernard was less than a half mile from the end of the race when the explosions went off. Her mother, Jane Szukalowski, was waiting to cheer her on as she crossed the finish line. For more than an hours after the explosions the women could not get in touch with each other. Cell phone lines were jammed.

Bernard says she became "physically sick" thinking her mother could have been among the dead or injured.

ABC6 cameras were rolling as the two found each other several blocks away from the explosions. The two shared a tearful reunion.

"So thankful to find her. My daughter is okay!" said Szukalowski.

Runners from around the country and the world remain shaken by what happened.

"I hope they are okay. The ones that survived. And the ones that didn't...I feel so bad for their families," said Bernard.





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