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April 16, 2013

Locals describe chaos after Boston bombings

BOSTON — Michael Jarvis was lying on a bed in the medical tent Monday, moments after finishing the Boston Marathon, when two bombs exploded nearby.

In a matter of minutes, "things got crazy real fast," the Suttons Bay resident said.

Officials started moving all the runners to a different part of the tent, then "they kicked us out altogether," Jarvis said.

"They started making announcements to make room and finally they said they had a situation," he said. "They're playing it as calm as they could. But at some point it becomes obvious. And then I was watching them wheel victims in. I saw a man go by who had both of his legs blown off below the knees."

The bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.

A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course in what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.

Authorities shed no light on a motive or who may have carried out the bombings, and police said they had no suspects in custody. Authorities in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Jarvis, a counselor/administrator at The Leelanau School, was injured about a half-mile from the finish line. A runner who had already finished and a Marine helped him the rest of the way.

"I probably have a stress fracture or broken leg of some kind, but really, I got off easy today," he said.

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