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Pensacolians hope to arrive home today from Boston
PENSACOLA -- At least 18 people from our area were in Boston for the marathon.
None of them were hurt.
What a group of runners from our area saw and heard.
About 15 people who are a part of a group based here out of Pensacola will be returning home from Boston sometime Tuesday.
A picture of the group from Running Wild was taken right before the race began. Their smiles couldn't foresee the shock and devastation of a terrorist attack. Paul Epstein the owner of Running Wild says he instantly heard sirens going off. He describes the madness as all the streets were closed off and yet thousands of people were trapped in the middle of it all.
Ambulances and police vehicles soon seemed to be coming from every direction trying to navigate the way back toward the finish line.
Paul Epstein - Owner of Running Wild
"I was talking with a race volunteer then we heard a single boom. We both shrugged then another boom. We didn't not not think anything of it. We though it was very strange and very loud. Instantly sirens started going off."
"We heard people saying bomb and then heard a few people other say we saw it on TV. There were bombs at the finish line, and that's what it sounded like."
The local runners were able to contact their loved ones and tell them that they were not hurt. City Councilman Brian Spencer and his wife were also partaking in the race. They weren't injured either.
A lot of those runners are hoping to be able to fly back into Pensacola today.