The Boston Marathon bombings were more than a news event for some employees at local money management firms.
Some were at the race when the bombs detonated; others were at home or at work. They shared their harrowing experiences.
Homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and wounding scores more. Five days later in suburban Watertown, one bombing suspect died in a shootout with police, who later arrested the second suspect, his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in connection with the bombings and the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.
And while those who were close to the bombings and the pursuit of the bombing suspects try to cope with the experience, they are also focused on helping survivors, particularly people who lost limbs, with the long recovery ahead.
“I was close enough to hear it, see it, feel it,” said Susan Brengle, director of institutional client service at Eaton Vance Corp., Boston, who was one-tenth of a mile from the finish line on Boylston Street when the first bomb went off April 15. “It was extremely loud and shaking.”
Ms. Brengle, who was running in her fourth Boston Marathon and sixth marathon overall, had just seen her husband and two teenage children and had passed the 26-mile marker.
“I had the finish line in my sights when the first explosion happened,” she said. “Then about 10 seconds later, the second one. ... At the time of the first explosion, I was running with people and we said to each other, "What was that? Was it fireworks?' and we all kept running.”
Ms. Brengle said it was “not my first thought” that it was a bomb. “I just hoped it was someone setting off fireworks.
With the second explosion, it erased any doubt that it was a bomb — I thought it was in the subway under Boylston Street and that another one might be coming, so we ran to the side of the road.
“Police were everywhere,” she said. “There was a lot of initial confusion. We ran into an open garage on the side of Boylston, but the police told us to get out. There were police on foot coming from everywhere, there were ambulances, people being attended to quickly. All kinds of vehicles.”
Immediately after the race, “my thoughts were of utter disbelief and the realization that something very, very bad occurred, and that there would be a vast amount of injury and loss of life,” Ms. Brengle said.
Her thoughts also turned to her family's safety. “I was so happy to see them,” she said. After the explosions, “I knew I was OK, but I had no way of knowing if they were. ... Eventually I was at a bench with other runners who helped me with a phone and I was reunited with them 35 to 40 minutes later.”