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Witnesses of the deadly explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon said they heard the detonation but never imagined the blasts were orchestrated bomb attacks.
Tannery co-owner Tarek Hassan was half a mile away from finishing the 26.2-mile race when he heard the two explosions, one of which was two doors down from his store on Boylston Street.
“We heard it, but it never crossed [my] mind it could be a bomb,” he said.
Footwear News Assistant Editor Kristen Henning, who was also about a half-mile from the race’s finish on Boylston, said the scene after the race was chaotic, with runners trying to find family members near the finish and slowly discovering the graphic details of what had happened.
“Everyone around me was freaking out,” she said. “We were barricaded back, [and police told us] to stay here until they had more information.”
Hassan said he had not been back to his store following the attack, but did confirm his employees had evacuated and they, along with family and friends waiting at the finish line, were safe.
“It’s devastating,” Hassan said. “The whole city is in shock.”
Adidas, official sponsor of the race, released a statement to Footwear News Monday evening.
“We are shocked by the terrible news coming out of Boston. Our hearts and prayers go out to runners, spectators and their families at the Boston Marathon,” the statement said.
A spokeswoman for the brand said that, as of press time, the company was still accounting for all its employees working the event.
Representatives from Boston-based New Balance; Boston-based City Sports; Westford, Mass.-based Puma; and Lexington, Mass.-based Saucony reported that all members of their staffs were safe and accounted for. And Nike Inc. confirmed Tuesday morning that all Nike and Converse employees and athletes have been accounted for.