Boston Marathon Chaos Hits Northlanders at Home

By KBJR News 1

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)

Many Northlanders know people running or watching the Boston Marathon, and as the tragedy unfolded this afternoon there was a great deal of sorrow for what was known and fear for what was unknown.

There have been two deaths and 23 injuries from from the Boston Marathon explosions, causing fear and sorrow for several Northlanders.

Elise Gumont of Duluth was a runner in the marathon. She saw the chaos UNFOLD right before her eyes.

"All of a sudden I heard this big bang and it's sound really weird we felt this vibration and saw a bunch of smoke and thirty seconds later we heard a second one and saw a bunch of smoke and a bunch of people running towards us."

Scared and confused Guimont ran with the frenzied crowd.
Her attempts to hail a cab were almost impossible in all of the commotion.

"We couldn't get a cab very easily and when I saw the smoke and saw all the people running frantically I was freaked out and didn't know what to do and kind of just ran with the crowd."

Duluth East High School graduate, Emily Dallas who now lives in Boston was at the finish, across the street from the explosion.

"There were tons of sirens and I guess there was another explosion at a different location in the city so they're not sure that everything's over."

Right after the explosions Dallas said sirens were blasting non–stop... and people were frantically trying to get in touch with friends.

Even those here in Duluth, are feeling the effects of the tragedy.

"We know of a number of people that were there. We're just finding out now some of these people are okay," says Clint Agar, CEO/Owner of Duluth Running Company.

Miles away from the chaos Agar, send his best wishes to those who are still in the midst of the confusion.

"Our hearts go out to everyone that was there and their families in Boston.

Duluth Native and marathon runner Kara Goucher is safe and staying in a hotel a short distance from where the explosions occurred.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware
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