April 16, 2013

Central Mainers grateful for safety after Boston Marathon explosions

Gov. Paul LePage sends 'thoughts and prayers,' says Maine ready to lend a hand

By Keith Edwards kedwards@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

and Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

and Rachel Ohm rohm@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Seth Hasty ran in his second Boston Marathon on Monday. Hasty had finished the race and was at a restaurant about a quarter-mile away from where two explosions, near the finish line, took place, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more, he said in a cellphone interview.

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Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston on Monday, Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

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A Morning Sentinel photographer, Leaming said Burke described the scene as chaotic, and that he planned to walk six miles to be reunited with his wife.

Leaming said Burke told him that after trying to get a cab for about an hour, he finally got one and found Rebecca, although it was hard to leave the city because the traffic was so heavy and the public transit system had shut down.

The couple finally got to their car and by 7 p.m. were driving back to their home in Falmouth, David Leaming said.

"She's OK. She's bummed out and scared," he said. "She said, 'Thank God I'm a slow runner.'"

'Horrific act of violence'

Gov. Paul LePage, in a statement, said Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Rob McAleer was monitoring the situation and the MEMA staff was on standby in case it is called to assist.

"It is a very sad Patriots Day in Boston," LePage said in the statement. "Ann and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured in today's horrific act of violence. For the many Mainers in Boston today, we hope you are safe."

LePage said Boston officials are calling this an ongoing event, and he urged Mainers to listen to the guidance of Boston officials who continue to work on the scene. Families who may be looking for loved ones may call 617-635-4500. Additionally, people who saw anything and has information that may lead to an arrest, they are asked to call 800-494-8477.

Shock and sadness

Members of Maine's congressional delegation, including U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, also expressed shock and sadness at the apparent act of violence at the Boston Marathon.

"As members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, we will be continually updated of the situation," King and Collins said in a joint statement. "In the meantime, initial press reports that multiple improvised explosive devices may have been involved at this high profile national event bear the hallmarks of a terrorist attack."

The Rev. Jim Gill, of St. Andrews Episcoal Church, which meets at Winthrop Friends Center Church on Route 135 in Winthrop, said the church was open Monday evening for anyone who wished to pray for the victims of the Boston bombing.

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