BOSTON, Mass. (WKYT) - Fifty Kentuckians were among those participating in Monday's Boston Marathon which was was rocked by two explosions.
"Nothing surprises me any more after being in Afghanistan," said Varinka Ensminger, who has been a Lexington Police officer since 2005. She had already finished Monday's race when the explosions happened.
"I just thought it was gonna be smooth sailing and I never anticipated anything like this would happen, especially up here. There's police all over the place and the National Guard works most of the course, including the finish line."," Ensmingher told WKYT.
Ensminger returned last year from a deployment in Afghanistan and is a captain with the Kentucky National Guard.
Her husband was waiting in the stands for her. She finished before the explosions. The couple were already inside a restaurant when the blasts rocked the finish line.
“I was able to finish the race and I am safe. My thoughts are prayers are with my fellow runners, fans, and all of the families affected by this tragedy,” said Frank Romanelli, associate dean for educational advancement at the UK College of Pharmacy.
About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.
Other spectators and runners are describing the twin explosions that shook the finish line.
One woman says she was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line, and, in her words, "it just blew." She described it as "a loud boom, and then glass everywhere." Cherie Falgoust says something hit her head, and she "just ducked."
A runner, Laura McLean of Toronto, says she heard two explosions outside the medical tent. She says, "There are people who are really, really bloody." McLean says, "they were pulling them into the medical tent."
The explosions took place about three hours after the winners crossed the finish line. The second one could be heard a few seconds after the first one.