Marathon Tragedy Witnessed by Locals

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Monday’s marathon shortly before the first blast

compiled from news reports:

A Rye real estate agent and a Journal News photographer were among local residents who witnessed the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday. 3 people are dead and about 140 are injured, some severely.

Vickie Cox, an agent with Sotheby’s Realty of Rye reportedly crossed the finish line one minute before the first blast, and is quoted as saying, “I was just beyond the finish line and suddenly heard this very loud boom, and we turned around and saw the smoke coming out from just on the other side of the finish line from where we were, and then a second one just about 10 seconds later.”

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LoHud reports a staff photographer witnesses ““Several marathoners … crying because they had relatives who were still out on the course,”

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino annnounced, “I have ordered Westchester County Police to immediately take a number of precautionary actions including the deployment of the Aviation Unit helicopter to conduct aerial surveillance of critical infrastructure around the county and the Marine Unit to do the same along the Hudson River. County bomb dogs are conducting sweeps of county buildings including the County Courthouse,”he added. “Police presence has been stepped up at areas such as the Kensico Dam and other vital locations. We have also increased security at Westchester County Airport.

The blasts also prompted the NYPD to increase security in New York city, while President Barack Obama vowed to provide whatever assistance is necessary to investigate the incident.

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