BOSTON (WOOD) - Several runners and fans from West Michigan were in Boston for the annual running of the marathon, during which police said three people were killed and injuring more than 100 in two explosions near the finish line.
Tiffany and Jeramy Duffield of Greenville talked to 24 Hour News Eight via phone from Boston less than a hour after the blast. The couple were at a cafe about a third of a mile away when the chaos began.
"We had just left the finish line area and we heard this loud explosion and smoke and we we see people, running down the sidewalk and couldn't figure out what was going on," said Tiffany. "Until we stepped outside and they said there was just an explosion."
While speaking to 24 Hour News 8, the pair moved about a half mile away from the blast to a Brownstone they were staying in.
It was a surreal discussion. The phone line cut out several times. The constant sound of sirens could be sirens in the background.
"We had police officers on motorcycles going down the sidewalk cause there was no faster way to get through," said Tiffany.
This was Jeramy's first Boston Marathon. Tiffany was there as a spectator. They are scheduled to fly out of Boston Tuesday morning.
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