Memphis area runners hear bomb blasts in Boston - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Memphis area runners hear bomb blasts in Boston

Scene from Copley Square at the Boston Marathon where there were explosions at the finish line. (Source: James Bardin) Scene from Copley Square at the Boston Marathon where there were explosions at the finish line. (Source: James Bardin)

(WMC-TV) – Charlie Duke of Memphis is an avid athlete who bikes and runs. Monday's race was the first year medical student's first Boston Marathon. It's a race Duke may never forget for the wrong reasons.

"I had met up with a couple of friends and we heard two explosions," said Duke by phone from Boston.

Duke finished the marathon by the time the bombs went off. He said they were about 5 to 10 seconds apart by his estimation.

"I said to somebody next to me, "I hope that's a cannon," Duke said. "Like a celebration type of thing."

Duke learned while walking back to his hotel it was nothing to celebrate.

"As we started moving we heard sirens everywhere," said Duke.

Reid Rainer of Germantown had just completed his first Boston Marathon as well when he heard the blast from his hotel room.

"Probably finished about 30 minutes ahead of the explosion," said Rainer. "And just walked in and it went off."

Rainer watched the aftermath from 8 floors about the finish line area. That's where the sidewalk was soaked with blood.

"It's just sad, you know, that this would happen," said Rainer.

Both men feel for the victims and their families along with the Boston Marathon itself. They said it's an event they would run again.

"The whole event is supposed to be a party and it's about life and it's a celebration," said Duke. "And I think it's a pretty sorry thing."

Runner Angie Zinkus of Eads, Tennessee is already back home. She was in a taxi cab on the way to the airport when she heard the bombs detonate. She said it was the scariest experience of her life.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • 14-year-old shot Saturday night was student at Moss Bluff Middle School

    14-year-old shot Saturday night was student at Moss Bluff Middle School

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:42:48 GMT

    A teenage boy has died following an accidental shooting in Moss Bluff Saturday night. At approximately 10:08 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a call that a subject was shot on Koonce Road, according to Stitch Guillory, chief deputy of CPSO. Warren Wimberly, 14, was shot while sleeping over at a friends house. Guillory says another 14-year-old boy didn't realize the gun he had was loaded when he pointed it at Wimberly and the gun was discharged. "Th...

    More >>

    A teenage boy has died following an accidental shooting in Moss Bluff Saturday night. At approximately 10:08 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a call that a subject was shot on Koonce Road, according to Stitch Guillory, chief deputy of CPSO. Warren Wimberly, 14, was shot while sleeping over at a friends house. Guillory says another 14-year-old boy didn't realize the gun he had was loaded when he pointed it at Wimberly and the gun was discharged. "Th...

    More >>
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the NW Caribbean

    Subtropical Storm Alberto getting set for landfall

    Subtropical Storm Alberto getting set for landfall

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:12 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:12:58 GMT
    Alberto set to make landfall in FloridaAlberto set to make landfall in Florida

    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring sub-tropical storm Alberto now moving into the northwest Gulf of Mexico. There are maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, with the center of circulation located about 165 miles west of Tampa, Florida. The storm is moving NNW at 12 mph.

    More >>

    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring sub-tropical storm Alberto now moving into the northwest Gulf of Mexico. There are maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, with the center of circulation located about 165 miles west of Tampa, Florida. The storm is moving NNW at 12 mph.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice Memorial Day weather; Alberto getting set to make landfall

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice Memorial Day weather; Alberto getting set to make landfall

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:09 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:09:56 GMT
    Alberto keeps the rain away from SWLAAlberto keeps the rain away from SWLA
    Alberto keeps the rain away from SWLAAlberto keeps the rain away from SWLA

    Around sunset, most of the rain will come to an end. After midnight, most of the clouds will clear away, and the rain chances go back down to zero. The temperatures will still be warm and muggy tonight. Lows will be in the lower to mid 70s. On Memorial Day, I cannot rule out a couple stray showers. Therefore, I do have a 20% chance for some rain. These showers will be from the outflow from Alberto. If you plan on spending some time outside, it should be a nice day to do so.

    More >>

    Around sunset, most of the rain will come to an end. After midnight, most of the clouds will clear away, and the rain chances go back down to zero. The temperatures will still be warm and muggy tonight. Lows will be in the lower to mid 70s. On Memorial Day, I cannot rule out a couple stray showers. Therefore, I do have a 20% chance for some rain. These showers will be from the outflow from Alberto. If you plan on spending some time outside, it should be a nice day to do so.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly