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UPDATE: 'This Is The Type Of Stuff You See In Baghdad, Not Boston'

Apr 15, 2013

Update, 9:00 p.m.: Hear Mike Bordelon talk about his experience at the Boston Marathon.

Update, 6:10 p.m.: Among the thousands of runners shaken by Monday’s tragedy were a number of Texans, including Mike Bordelon, an experienced marathoner who recently moved from Dallas to suburban Houston. He crossed the finish line an hour before the two explosions.

Bordelon and his wife were in their room at the Hilton Back Bay, watching runners stream by, when they heard the first blast.

“It was wild because all the runners started running away, up the other street,” he told KERA’s Stella Chavez, “and we were like what is going on?”

And in just a few minutes, the scene changed dramatically.

“All of the ambulances were coming down the street, and then it was freaky because there were cops looking in the cars, people in hard hats, helicopters everywhere, cops all over.”

Another runner, Bruce Mendelsohn, talked about the scene after the explosions with NPR’s Robert Seigel.

Mendelsohn, an Army veteran from central Massachusetts, said, “This is the type of stuff you see in Baghdad, not Boston.”

Update, 4:30 p.m.: A videographer for the Boston Globe’s Boston.com caught chilling images at the Boston Marathon finish line as the two explosions hit Monday afternoon. About a minute in, videographer Steve Silva can be heard saying, “We’ve had an attack. Oh my god. Oh my god.”

In other developments, the Associated Press reports that a senior U.S. intelligence official says two more explosive devices were found and dismantled.

Here’s the Boston.com video:

Update, 3:15 p.m.: NPR's Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me, tells Robert Siegel on All Things Considered that he'd just finished the race and was 100 yards beyond the finish line when he heard the first explosion, followed quickly by the second one.

Sagal had been running with William Greer, a blind athlete from Austin. More on Greer's story here, from the Austin American-Statesman.

Also, the Boston police are reporting on Twitter that two people are dead and at least 23 injured.

Our original post:

Two explosions blasted into the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon. News outlets are reporting that a number of people have been injured. NPR's Two Way blog and The Boston Globe are following the story. We're looking for runners and spectators from Dallas who are there. Go to our KERA News Twitter or Facebook page and let us know how we can contact you.