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April 15, 2013

Enid woman was block away from Boston blasts

ENID, Okla. — Enid resident Lisa Earl had just finished the Boston Marathon on Monday when two explosions rocked the area near the finish line.

Earl said she was out of danger about a block past the finish line when the explosion occurred. The race was called off after the blasts.

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Two people were killed and more than 80 injured. Two other explosive devices were found at the end of the course.

“I was a block past the finish line, getting ready to get my pickup that I left there,” she said by phone Monday afternoon. “I heard a really loud boom, and I saw smoke coming from the north side of the street near the finish line.”

Just after the first boom she heard a second boom, but could not determine exactly where it came from. People were wondering what happened, and the area became quiet, she said.

“We heard lots of sirens, They have everything blocked off within two miles of the marathon area,” Earl said.

She did not see anyone injured.

This was Earl’s first Boston Marathon, and she said the explosions have changed the feel for everybody. Her time of 3:58:27 was good, she said, but not what she hoped.

“I’m happy with it. I’m just glad I got to come,” Earl said.

She finished 15,412th overall, 5,710th among women and 356th in her age group.

The incident will not discourage her from going again, she said.

There were nearly about 27,000 runners in the Boston Marathon, and she said there were police all along the way, making sure spectators stayed off the street. She said the police were quick to respond after the explosions.

Another Enid resident also competed.

Air Force 2nd Lt. Christopher Chorney, a 2012 graduate of the Air Force Academy, is a student pilot at Vance Air Force Base. He is assigned to the 8th Flying Training Squadron and is a member of Class 14-04. He finished the marathon in 2:57:32, placing 1,501st overall.

Chorney could not be reached for comment Monday, but a spokesman at Vance Air Force Base said someone from the 71st Student Squadron had spoken to Chorney and that he was safe and about to board a plane for his return to Vance.

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