A Nebraska runner says an eerie silence hung over the crowd after two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon.
Bryan Sypal of Lincoln had completed his first Boston Marathon about 40 minutes prior to the explosions going off near the finish line, about three blocks away from where he had met his family after finishing the race. He was talking to family and friends when tragedy struck.
“An eerie hush came over the crowd. Nobody really panicked, but everybody was kind of wondering what that was and we couldn’t see any smoke or anything, so we didn’t know what it was,” Sypal tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln, on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Sypal says he and his family overheard a man on his cell phone say that two bombs had just gone off.
“That’s when we started to make a walk for it and got just out of the general area itself,” according to Sypal. “It wasn’t really like panicking, running down the street, everybody going crazy every which way. It was kind of weird, everybody just started walking and getting out of the area.”
No confirmation on what caused the explosion as an investigation by local, state and federal officials continues.
The Boston Globe reports the explosions killed three and injured more than 140, who are being treated at various Boston hospitals. A reported explosion at the JFK Library turned out to be a fire and is now considered unrelated, according to the Globe.
President Barack Obama pledged the full resources of the federal government to help Boston investigate the bombings
“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” Obama said in televised remarks.
Obama cautioned against jumping to conclusions before all the facts come out.
“But make no mistake,” Obama said. “We will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this.”
Sypal says the events today will forever taint the greatest running event in the United States.
“It’s just weird to be so close on such a big day for Boston and for all of us too who have been trying to run this race forever,” Sypal says. “Now, you know our whole outlook on this race will be marred by this event, but I don’t know, I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.”
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Runner Bryan Sypal talks with Kevin Thomas on Drive Time Lincoln about Boston Marathon explosions. [7 min.]