Boston marathon runner recounts witnessing explosions: "I've never seen anything like it"
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Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tears and hugs were seen at the Tucson International Airport this morning as local runners who ran in the Boston Marathon came home to their families.
Katie Eklund is one of more than forty runners from Tucson who ran the race. This was her first time running it with a friend.
"It's crazy, I've never seen anything like it before as far as the number of people, they were frantic," she told 9OYS.
Eklund says the explosions happened just minutes after she crossed the finish line.
"Heard this big boom and at the time didn't think anything of it, it's a holiday in Boston, and so there's things happening all over the city, so it was almost like a cannon or some other festivity in the city," she said.
But it turned out to be something more serious.
"It's awful, I mean it's horrible -- you know both of us... looking at my friend, when we found out what happened we were just both in tears, it's just horrific," she said.
She says that's when all the chaos started, and everyone ran to safety.
"Lots of people crying, most of the people there were just trying to get out of the city as quickly as possible, so we were stuck in lines of traffic trying to get out of the city for about an hour-and-a-half," she told 9OYS.
We also caught up with a Tucson man and his wife who were visiting Boston. He says he saw all the aftermath of the explosion.
"You never expect it to hit home, you hear about these things but you don't expect them to happen in your neighborhood," he said.