Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Co Down man has narrow escape in Boston Marathon after standing 'right in the middle' of scene of blast a short time earlier

A photographer captures the moment an explosion goes off close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon
A photographer captures the moment an explosion goes off close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon

A Co Down man has said he had been standing only metres away from the scene of the Boston Marathon blast a short while before the explosions.

Thomas Wright from Saintfield in Co Down told the Belfast Telegraph he was standing watching the finish of the race close to where one of the blasts happened.

“I was on my lunch hour and hopped on my bicycle and went down to see the finish of the race about half a mile from my office," he said.

“I’m not a runner and didn’t have anyone I knew running in it, I just went to see the spectacle.

“I was standing about five metres from where one of the blasts happened, but left about an hour before the explosions, so in that sense I had a lucky escape.

“If I had stayed on I’d have been right in the middle of it.”

He said he hadn't heard the bombs going off.

“The first I knew about it was when colleagues started getting text messages saying things like ‘hope you’re OK’ so we turned on the news and that’s how we found out," he said.

He said the bombs came on what had been a beautiful day.

“It’s Patriot Day and a holiday people were out and having fun when this happens.”

Mr Wright has been living in Boston for the past few years and his office is close to the site of the bombs.

“I’m standing in my office now and can see down to the where the bombs went off.

“There is traffic chaos and many roads have been been closed off - all you can hear are sirens wailing.”

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