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Marathon Bombing Witnesses Describe Scene In Boston

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BOSTON — Witnesses who heard the bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon walked into a scene of chaos and carnage where they had expected celebration and revelry. A few accounts from people who were there:

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Bruce Mendelsohn was attending a post-race party in an office building just above the blast site when an explosion knocked him to the floor.

"There was like a flash, then a giant boom. The concussion blew me off the couch onto the ground," he said.

The former Army medic rushed outside and found blood, glass and debris everywhere and began applying pressure to "gruesome" wounds.

"This stuff is more like Baghdad and Bombay than Boston," said Mendelsohn, who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "It was pretty terrifying."

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Emily Biglin Valentine thanked God she ran a good time.

The Novi, Mich., woman's husband and good friend were in the exact spot of the explosions just a half-hour earlier. The heard the explosions as they walked to a train. It sounded like cannon fire.

"When I finished I was so elated, and I said, `I'm doing that again.'"

Now she doesn't think she'll go back.

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Phil Kenkel was approaching the finish line when the two explosions happened just moments apart. The first made him wonder if it was a prank, the second stirred "sheer terror."

The second bomb "went off virtually right beside me. About the only way out of that area was straight ahead," said Kenkel, of Stillwater, Okla.

"The glass was out of the building, and there was obviously a big hole in the crowd. You realize there must have been people there that were knocked down."

Kenkel called his wife to let her know he was all right.

"He wasn't hurt, which is a miracle, I guess," Evelyn Quillen said.

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