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April 16th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

Boston Marathon runner Tom Beusse on the twin explosions that erupted shortly after he crossed the finish line

On Monday Tom Beusse, the president of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group was running the Boston Marathon. About three minutes after he had completed the race twin explosions erupted near the finish line. Beusse estimates he was about 150 yards away. This morning he joins a special edition of “Starting Point” to discuss the smoke and the devastating aftermath.

Beusse says his experience during the bombings at Monday’s marathon was “crazy.” He adds that after the race he and other runners were “meandering along and the next thing you know these explosions took place. Everybody sort of panicked. Everybody knew immediately there was a problem.”

He describes smoke rising immediately above the buildings and says “it was clear it was a big explosion. The sound in itself sort of rumbled the ground.”

After the explosion Beusse says “The Boston police just gathered everybody. Took us immediately through the corral. Called it a crime scene and got us out of harm’s way.”

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