Lincoln residents witness deadly Boston bomb attack

Bryan and Lisa Sypal are at the Boston Marathon and were blocks from two bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line.

Bryan and Lisa Sypal were at the Boston Marathon and were blocks from two bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line.

Several Lincoln residents were among the spectators or roughly 23,000 runners competing in the Boston Marathon and were just blocks away Monday when two bomb explosions killed three people and injured scores of others near the finish line of the 117-year-old race.

Click here to listen to KRNU’s Haley Herzog’s interview report with Lincoln residents who witnessed the explosions. The Associated Press reported that 144 people were injured in the explosions that happened about 12 seconds apart. NBC News reported that one of those killed was an 8-year-old child.

Massachusetts General Hospital said injuries from the blasts ranged from cuts and scrapes to amputations.

Click here to watch sports producer Steve Silva’s video of the scene that shows what it was like as the two explosions wreaked chaos Monday afternoon. Late Monday, Richard DesLauriers, head of the Boston FBI office said the Bureau was leading the investigation into the blasts. “It is a criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation,” he said.

The Boston Police Department said it knew of no motive for the bombing attacks or who’s responsible for them at this point. Investigators later confirmed that a 20-year-old Saudi national was being questioned about the explosions but emphasized no one was being held in custody.

A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding told the Associated Press the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism. President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.”

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.

Lincoln resident Al Koontz competed in the Boston Marathon today and was nearby when the bombs exploded.
Lincoln resident Al Koontz competed in his fourth Boston Marathon Monday and was nearby when two bombs exploded.

The blasts downtown happened in Boston’s Copley Square along Boylston Street at 1:50 p.m. Lincoln time. The area where the bombs exploded was near the finish line for the Boston Marathon.

KRNU reporter Haley Herzog spoke with several Lincoln residents who were in Boston at the marathon. Bryan Sypal and wife Lisa were among the Lincoln contingent at the Boston Marathon.

Click here to listen to Bryan Sypal who talked with KRNU’s Haley Herzog about the bombing attacks.

Lincoln residents Al and Mary Koontz are also in Boston with their four children. Al ran in the marathon. Mary Koontz was sitting between the two bomb sites when the blasts erupted.

Click here to listen to an earlier report from KRNU’s Haley Herzog.

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