COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- More than 130 South Carolina runners were taking part in the Boston Marathon.
Julia Early of Lexington had finished the marathon and was waiting to get a bag from a bus when she heard an explosion. Early says it sounded like a cannon. She says she made it back to her hotel room and was able to let family and friends know she was safe.
Amanda Perkins of Greenville says she had come across the finish line about four minutes before the first explosion. Perkins says she turned around and saw a gray cloud. She says there was no panic until the second blast.
Chris May and Jacob Driggers of Charleston finished the race about 90 minutes before the explosions. They were back in their hotel when the blasts occurred.