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Runner Witnesses Boston Explosion

Written By: Jacqueline Policastro

Runner Witnesses Boston Explosion

Runner witnesses boston explosion

April 16, 2013
Twin Tiers (WENY) - A Toledo man witnessed the first explosion at the Boston Marathon just over an hour after he finished the race. 29-year-old Nick Apling completed his first Boston Marathon around 1:20 in the afternoon and says he was celebrating with his family at the Lenox hotel when the explosion rocked the building. The hotel was then evacuated.
        When I heard the blast I thought the grandstand was coming down," Apling told 13 ABC's Jacqueline Policastro.
       Apling was on the second floor of the Lenox hotel attending a charity celebration with his brother-in-law when he witnessed the explosion.
      "I looked out the window. I saw the smoke plume and people running. I couldn't see the injured people," he said.
       Apling said he planned to celebrate after the race and then enjoy his trip to Boston. At 8 pm he was still looking for a place to eat after all the confusion.
       "It's just a shame some person had to do this. People work really hard to run the race and now this overshadows everything," Apling said.
        Apling finished the Boston Marathon in 3 hrs and 20 minutes after training for about 3 months. He says he plans to return to Toledo Tuesday night.