Boston Marathon bombing

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6:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Man witnesses marathon bombing, plant explosion

In this Wednesday, April 17, 2013, photo provided by Joe Berti, a plume of smoke rises from a fertilizer plant fire near Waco, Texas.
Joe Berti Associated Press

People keep asking Joe Berti if he feels unlucky.

A bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon seconds after Berti finished the race. Two days later, he was in his home state of Texas when he saw a fertilizer plant explode near Waco.

"I was just like, 'I can't believe this!'" said Berti, who said he had never witnessed an explosion before. Then he thought: "I just want to get out of here and get away from all these explosions."

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11:21 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Lake Stevens runner: 'It was only 5 feet away from me'

John Tlumacki The Boston Globe

A 78-year-old Lake Stevens man running his third Boston Marathon was near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts and caught in a news photograph that quickly went viral.

Bill Iffrig told The Herald of Everett that he heard a noise Monday and found himself on the ground.

"It was only 5 feet away from me," he said. "It was really loud."

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