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posted Apr 16, 2013 - 2:32:22pm
The horrific bombing-attack on the Boston Marathon April 15 is reverberating through West Volusia.
While no one from our area was reported as injured after two bombs exploded at the marathon's finish line, and another exploded at Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, some West Volusians were there.
Library officials later said the blast there appeared to be related to a mechanical fire.
DeLandite Linda Ryan was in Boston to observe the marathon, along with some runners and other spectators from DeLand. They were all safe after the explosions.
"I walked by where the explosion went off not more than 10 minutes before," Ryan said, in a Facebook message to The Beacon a couple of hours after the blasts.
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Meanwhile, President Barack Obama said the bombings at the marathon were terrorist acts, and the FBI is investigating them as such. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, and the FBI is investigating both foreign and domestic groups.
"This was a heinous and cowardly act," the president said.
Three people are reported dead, including an 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard of Dorchester, Mass., who was standing by the Boston Marathon finish line with his family. Richard's mother suffered a brain injury, and his 6-year-old sister is reported to have lost a leg.
More than 170 people were injured, some of them critically. Some lost limbs.
NBC News reported April 16 that investigators believe the bombs were pressure cookers hidden in backpacks, detonated by timers. The bombs sent shrapnel flying through the air a great distance.
Both President Obama and people who attended the marathon praised volunteers on the scene and the first responders who tended to the injured.
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