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Local residents recount the scene after Boston Marathon explosions

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Newburgh resident, Ted Barron, giving his wife, Diane, a heart sign at the 17 mile marker of the marathon. Source: Facebook Newburgh resident, Ted Barron, giving his wife, Diane, a heart sign at the 17 mile marker of the marathon. Source: Facebook
View from Michelle Walker's hotel room in Boston. Michelle is a runner from Newburgh. View from Michelle Walker's hotel room in Boston. Michelle is a runner from Newburgh.
Michelle Walker, of Newburgh, at the finish line before the race. Michelle Walker, of Newburgh, at the finish line before the race.

Two explosions injured multiple people and killed two at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Here in the Tri-State, 14 News has been trying to contact several local Tri-State residents who were entered to participate in the marathon, and we've been able to speak with a few of them.

14 News has spoken with Philip Frey, a Newburgh resident who ran in that race on Monday. He had already crossed the finish line when he says he heard two loud booms.

"I picked up my clothes and we were just walking away. We just made it to the park when we heard the first boom. I was actually on the phone, stopped for a second, and heard a second boom," Frey said. "Almost immediately heard sirens and it was loud enough it didn't sound like something like someone shooting off a cannon because of a celebration of Patriot's Day, or anything like that. It was very loud and when all of the sirens started we really just, I knew we didn't need to go back. I didn't want to go back and get in that."

He says the city is basically in chaos.

Newburgh resident, Ted Barron, ran the race and finished before the explosions happened. He and his wife, Diane, were a couple of block away and felt the explosion.

14 News has also talked to a man from Owensboro, who is actually at the airport right now. He's just hoping he gets to fly out on Monday night.  

The Greater Evansville Runners and Walkers Clubs says 17 runners from the Tri-State were competing in Boston on Monday. All of them are reportedly safe and sound.

Here's a list of local runners on the Boston Marathon entry list.

Michael E. Belwood, 53, Evansville
Dave M. Burke, 46, Evansville
Darrell Heinman, 65, Evansville 
Sasha Kendall, 38, Evansville
Bill D. Noll, 65, Evansville
Ted Rogers, 60, Evansville
Andrew Walker, 24, Evansville

Sara Boberg, 45, Newburgh
David L. Eckardt, 43, Newburgh
Scott A. Schroeder, 36, Newburgh
Michelle Walker, 43, Newburgh

Janna L. Hendrix, 44, Owensboro
Suzanna Holt, 24, Owensboro
Artis P. Truett III, 51, Owesboro

Dave A. Fuhs, 62, Jasper

If any Hoosiers are having trouble contacting family in Boston, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has received information from a Massachusetts emergency management agency on how to do that. 

Hoosiers who are having trouble contacting family in Boston can call the following number to check on them: 617-635-4500. They asked that people please DO NOT call the number unless there is difficulty contacting family. 

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