Explosions reported at the finish line of the Boston Marathon
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:23:35 GMT —
Two people are dead and 22 more are wounded after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The explosions happened just after 2 p.m. CST Monday.
CBS News reported that at least two people and 22 people have been wounded.
The cause of the bombing has not been determined but several ambulances were called to the scene.
According to the Associated Press, competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos.
The Associated Press reported bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
One woman told she was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line, and, in her words, "it just blew."
She described it as "a loud boom, and then glass everywhere." Cherie Falgoust says something hit her head, and she "just ducked."
A runner, Laura McLean of Toronto, says she heard two explosions outside the medical tent. She says, "There are people who are really, really bloody." McLean says, "they were pulling them into the medical tent."
The explosions took place about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line. The second one could be heard a few seconds after the first one.
So far, none of those Valley runners have been reported among the injured.
McAllen resident Humberto Karr told Action 4 News that his wife Cyndi was running in the marathon.
The couple is safe but Humberto said they're in complete disbelief and praying to get home to their two children.
According to the Boston Marathon website, Cyndi Mendez-Karr was among five runners from the Valley who finished the race before the explosions:
Juan Elizondo, South Padre Island Enrique Acevedo, McAllen Cynthia Mendez-Karr, McAllen Fernando Paez, McAllen Mohammad Azarang, Pharr
Both Stephanie Rand of McAllen and Fulgencio Garza of Hidalgo were registered for the race but did not have their run times listed.
Valley resident Crystal Nicole Lopez said her husband works as a truck driver and was in Boston at the time of the blast.
Lopez's husband reported that authorities have shut down all major highways in Boston.
Valley Running Events
Although there was a small number of runners from the Valley in the Boston Marathon, many local runners are following the news about the explosions closely.
Amanda Humphreys with Mid Valley Events said she has been monitoring conversations from different Valley runners on Facebook.
While races across the nation re-evaluate their security, Humphreys said her next event will feature heightened security.
The Hog Dash III is scheduled to take place south of Weslaco on June 1st but Humphreys said the event's security will include the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
"It makes me feel more safe and that we made the right decision," Humphreys said.
The Weslaco-based race organizer said there are races across the Valley each weekend as running becomes more popular.
Humphreys said that she does not feel the explosions at the Boston Marathon will affect people from running.
"I don't think it'll affect the running community here," Humphreys said. "It'll make us stronger as a whole."