Boston Reporters Share Chilling Accounts Of Marathon Bombing

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Reporters from the Boston media shared chilling stories about their experiences during the bombings of the city's marathon with other journalists on Monday and Tuesday.

The marathons are one of the most heavily-covered events in the city, and journalists were everywhere when the bombs struck. Many reporters were also running in the race; some spoke to HuffPost's Michael Calderone about how they were forced to shift to journalism in the blink of an eye.

Among the recollections:

John Tlumacki, who took the iconic photo of 78-year-old runner Bill Ifrigg after he was knocked down by police, spoke to Time magazine about his experience:

I was so shook up about it -- I was speechless when I was there [on scene]. My eyes were swelling up behind my camera. We use a camera as a defense but I was shaken when I got back, just scanning the pictures. The other sad part was that I took my shoes off because they were covered in blood from walking on the sidewalk taking pictures.

Steve Silva, a senior sports reporter for the Globe, spoke to "Today" on Tuesday morning.

"You could see the blood, and you could see some horrible things there," he said. He added that last year's big story from the marathon had been about the heat.

"This was a perfect day for running," he said.

David Abel, another reporter for the Globe, spoke to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday night.

"I saw some of the most horrific images I have ever seen," he said, "images that will be seared in my mind for a long time."

He said that the finish line of the marathon feels like Fenway Park. "Whoever did this knew that they were going to try to maximize their casualties because this is where the crowds are," he said.

Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN's new morning show, was at the marathon to cheer on his brother.

While he was speaking to CNN about what he saw, he suddenly said he had to go. His brother had been located after two hours and, Frucci said, he had to go give him a hug.



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