Locals in Boston react to explosions (with video)

By Matt Hicks
By Haley Burton

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Drew Wasko, 60, of Binghamton, finished his 21st consecutive Boston Marathon. The first bomb went off about ten minutes after he crossed the finish line.

"The first bomb went off and you say to yourself 'What was that?'. Then ten seconds later, the second bomb goes off. You're surrounded by thousands of people and all have blank stares. At that moment, we knew something is going on here," he said, "How do I put it? It was emotional chaos going on at that point."

Wasko's son, daughter and nephew were about a block away from one of the explosions. It took him forty minutes to meet up with his family at the Family Reunion area for racegoers.

"That was quite emotional when we met up because we were all safe. The whole scene there was quite emotional. People didn't know what was going on," said Wasko.

Wasko, a veteran runner, says the scene was gutwrenching.

"It turned a happy time into a very sad time," he said, "My heart and prayers go out to the people killed and those folks who were injured."

Emily Taylor had just finished her sixth marathon when a pair of explosions ripped through the area surrounding the finish line.

Taylor was among several local residents who are providing first-hand reports from Boston, as the city begins to piece together the act of terror that, as of Monday, took three lives and injured more than 100 people.

Taylor and her husband Chris were a safe distance away from the scene, but they weren't sure where their friends were. Once they found their friends were safe, the next step was getting out of the city.

"They had a lot of areas closed off. They were doing what they needed to do," said Chris Taylor.

Another Binghamton native Jim, who declined to provide his last name, is a graduate student at Boston University. He and some friends were just a block away when they saw people running.

"We didn't know what was going on. Maybe a building collapsed...maybe all Hell has broken lose, but we had to go that way anyway. There was just a lot of people yelling. It wasn't until we turned on the street that we saw people injured," Jim said.

"Everybody who was standing around us was either extremely curious, or crying hysterically because they thought they knew somebody who was down there. A lot of people jumped the barricades to run towards the explosion. There were a lot of people just running down the street towards the explosion.

"A lot of people just crying because they thought their loved ones were killed in the explosion," he said.