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SC Runner: "There Are Tons of Helicopters, Cops and Fire Trucks"
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston, MA (WLTX) - About 145 runners from South Carolina participated in the Boston Marathon and were in the area when the bombs went off. "There are tons of helicopters, cops and fire trucks," said USC Student Michael Graham who was a runner in the Boston Marathon. Completing a marathon is a memorable feat, but for Graham this is one, he will never forget. "I heard something and then I thought it was like thunder and then I saw fire trucks, police and stuff like that. I was about a block away from the train station, when I got there they were evacuation everyone," said Graham. According to Boston Police two explosions happened just before 3PM Monday, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, leading to the death of three people and injuring more than 100. Amy McDonaugh who is a legally blind runner from Irmo was also a runner at the marathon. She says when the blast happened she was walking to her hotel room a block away from where the incident took place. "Two explosions right at the finish line is horrible. So far everyone that I have been able to get a hold of is ok," said McDonaugh. Back at home, phones rang off the hook at Strictly Running, a shoe store in Five Points where a lot of runners shop. Jordan Lybrand works with Graham and was watching live when the explosion happened. "The first thing we were doing was trying to contact anyone that we knew that was up there. We still have some folks that we haven't heard from that we are worried about but knowing the ones that are safe is obviously a lifted weight off your shoulders," said Lybrand. "Fortunately everyone that I know that was up there which is about 10 people are safe and accounted for," said Dan Hartley, Race Director for the Columbia Marathon. Hartley says they have a number of officers that are prepared for when incidents of this nature occur. "They are trained by homeland security and SLED to look for suspicious packages, a gym bag that is left on the street anything suspicious like that and I have talked to the police since this has happened to review that and make plans to discuss it further," said Hartley. Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/232631/2/SC-Runner-There-Are-Tons-of-Helicopters-Cops-and-Fire-Trucks-

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