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Local runners recall horrifying scene at Boston Marathon

Penngrove runner Debbie DeCarli had just completed the Boston Marathon and was walking away from the finish line when the cheers of the crowd turned to screams.

Two deadly bombs had exploded near the finish line that she had crossed only 10 minutes earlier.

"It sounded like a cannon went off. You know the big boom? There were two of them," she said Monday from her downtown Boston hotel.

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DeCarli, 61, was about a block and a half from the blasts, which killed at least three people and injured more than 130.

"It was almost like disbelief. A group of us were walking away from the finish line and we turn around and went, like, 'What was that?' " she said. "All the cops are running, making people tell us to move and trying to clear the area."

DeCarli was one of at least 14 Sonoma County residents who participated in the famed marathon on Monday.

Ultra-runner Arthur Webb of Santa Rosa never got to complete the race that was on his bucket list. Webb, 71, said he was five minutes from the finish line when he heard the explosions.

"I knew what it was when I heard it, probably from watching war movies," Webb said. "I kept running but only for a few feet until I hit a wall of people and smoke. They told us to get off the course. I never finished."

Back home, Christine Webb endured about four hours of anxiety watching the news on CNN before getting a call from her husband. The last word she had before the blasts was confirmation that her husband had reached mile 18.6 of the 26.2-mile race.

She was glad she declined to accompany her husband to Boston.


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