Mainers see injuries, 'war scene' at Boston blastsAP , Associated Press
Apr. 16, 2013 11:11 AM ET
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers attending the Boston Marathon say they were knocked off their feet by the bomb blasts that killed three and injured scores more.
John Mixon of Ogunquit said he was standing on the bleachers at the race's finish line when an explosion tore open a storefront across the street and knocked him out of the bleachers.
Mixon and a friend ran across the street to help spectators who had lined up behind a fence four and five deep. They encountered a scene worse than anything Mixon, a Vietnam veteran, had seen in war.
"When we got over there, it was just a pile of bodies — people with legs missing," Mixon told the Portland Press Herald. "It was absolutely like a war scene. This was worse, because it was all innocent people, just defenseless. They were just lying in a pile, gunpowder all over them, burnt."
Dinah Aldrich of Windham said she was waiting for her daughter to cross the finish line Monday afternoon when the first of two explosions lifted her off her feet and knocked her over. The bomb went off about 100 feet from where she had been standing, and then she heard a second blast, Aldrich told the Lewiston Sun-Journal.
With her ears ringing, Aldrich said she got to her feet and heard a police officer telling her, "Get out, run!"
More than 200 Maine runners were scheduled to participate in the Boston Marathon, and many more were volunteers or spectators at the Patriots Day event.