Boston marathon participant: There was a bomb ‘between me and my family’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:00 EDT
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Explosions at the Boston Marathon (CBS News)
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A participant in Monday’s Boston marathon appeared on Current TV’s “Viewpoint” last night to share his experience witnessing the horrifying explosions that left over 130 injured and three dead.

“My family and I were within 300-500 yards of each of the blasts when each occurred, so between me and my family, was a bomb,” Robert Siciliano told host John Fugelsang. “I was rounding Boylston Street, where the finish line is, when it happened. My wife and kids were all on the other side of the finish line waiting for me.”

He described the panic that ensued after the bombs went off as being well-controlled by Boston police officers, who “did a really good job of getting everybody off the roads.”

“I kept running towards where the explosions were, because I had to get to my family,” he said, describing how he was physically pushed off the street by police, forcing him into an alley behind the restaurants where the bombs went off.

“There was blood all over the ground, people were crying and screaming,” he said. “I kept running, I eventually made it across the street back up to the finish line, met my family there, a vehicle I had parked there, and we piled a number of adults in our vehicle, beyond capacity, to get them out of there. And we evacuated the city.”

Siciliano added that he’s “a little pissed off” that someone would set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, where he and hundreds of others were running to raise money for a whole range of charities. “And a bomb goes off for absolutely no good reason,” he snarled.

This video is from Current TV’s “Viewpoint,” aired Monday, April 15, 2013.


Photo: Screenshot via CBS News.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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