Las Vegas runners describe explosions at Boston Marathon
Interviews with local runners who were at the Boston MarathonPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two fiery explosions at the finish lane of the Boston Marathon, killed at least three people and injured as many as 100 more.
Within seconds of the explosions, witnesses said there was carnage everywhere.
It happened near the finish lane where thousands of people had gathered to greet loved ones taking part in the race. The area is surrounded by office buildings, hotels and restaurants at the heart of Boston.
There were two initial explosions that killed at least two people and wounded dozens more.
Police said two explosive devices have been found near the scene of the explosion, and were being dismantled, but there's no word on exactly what they were.
A third explosion at JFK Library followed the blasts. While police aren't certain the explosions are related, they are treating them as if they are.
Action News spoke with local runners who saw how everything went down.
There were numerous people who live here in the Valley, who ran in Monday's marathon.
Tiffanie Gaspar lives in Las Vegas. This was her first time running the marathon. She had just finished the race and was one street over from the blasts. She was with her husband, her 18-month-old daughter and her sister.
She heard both blasts and said only emergency crews ran towards the explosions. None of the runners headed in that direction.
There were a lot of people around her when the explosions went off. This is what Gaspar said happened next, "Everyone around heard the two explosions and no one was really sure because we didn't see smoke at first. I overheard someone says it's Patriot's Day maybe there's fireworks, but I knew something was a miss."
A man from Henderson said he had just finished the race and was about 150 yards from the first explosion. He said at first, the crowd didn't know what was going on.
"I had not met up with my wife yet after the race. When the explosion happened, my phone was at the bottom of my gear bag, so I got it out, scrambled for the phone to try and get in contact with her, but cell service got shut down almost immediately," explained Garon Salway.
Salway eventually found his wife; both of them are okay.