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Erie Runners Near Boston Marathon Explosions

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Boston, MA - "Lots of noises, very loud and with all the sky scrappers there. It kind of echoed, pretty chilled."

That's how Mike Vieyra, a runner from Erie, described what happened at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Vieyra said he crossed the finish line, then a short time later, heard the explosions.

"When the first explosion went off, and the second was about ten seconds later, the crowd, and there were hundreds of thousands of people waiting, they're not near the finish line, they can't see the finish line. The crowd was just silent. And you just saw in people's faces what was that? Was that a bomb?"

Vieyra was one of nearly 20 runners from Erie in the race Monday. Janet Comi participated in the marathon for the first time, but said she was stopped less than a half mile before the finish line.

"We were about to go under an under pass and they stopped us, and said we can't let you go on, there's been an incident at the finish line. And then, of course, everybody pulled out their cell phones and check on the latest news and they said there were reports of bombs at the finish line."

When we spoke with both Comi and Vieyra, they said they did not have the chance to contact others from the Erie Runners Club.

Vieyra said even among the chaos, first responders on the scene, worked very efficiently.

"Road marshals, crowd control, police, medical, everybody responded very quickly and well. It seemed organized, even though it wasn't. They couldn't have planned for them to respond that well." 

We were told that none of the members from the Erie Runners Club who participated in the Boston Marathon were injured.

We will of course keep you up to date on this developing story.

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