Portland Man Finishes Boston Marathon, Hears Explosion

Apr 15, 2013

When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon route today Monday hundreds of Oregonians were in the city for the race.  More than 300 people from Oregon were registered for the marathon, and Nike and Adidas both had staffs there.

Dave Harkin owns the Portland Running Company. He had just finished running the marathon and returned to his hotel.  He says at the race's four-hour mark, an explosion went off. 

"If you've never heard a bomb, when you hear it, you know it's a bomb," Harkin says. "And about 15 seconds later another explosion went off right at the intersection of our hotel. You know, shook the building and basically sent us all into a panic. And we looked out into the street and everybody was running away. I mean, it gives you visions of 911. You know that scene where everybody is just running away from what's happened without worrying about what has happened. They just know it's bad."  

Authorities are investigating to find the source of the explosions.

The Boston Police Department says two people were killed and more than 100 injured.

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