Families were having fun at a party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, enjoying the VIP view and watching kids run around. Then the bombs went off.
"The bomb went off directly in front of us," one parent, whose kids were watching at the window at the time, said on Facebook. "It is absolutely positively terrible. We are fine, but this is an ultimate tragedy."
Two explosions at 2:50 p.m. near the finish line of the Boston Marathon left at least two dead (including an 8-year-old child) and more than 100 people injured along Boylston Street in Boston on Monday, shattering windows and leading police to shut down much of the Copley Square area. Finish line volunteers were told to run, and later told reporters that their fear felt "like 9/11 or the tsunami." Many of the people taken to local hospitals ended up losing limbs. Some runners used their lanyards as tourniquets.Read More »from First Reactions from the Finish Line at the Boston Marathon