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Local runner survives scare in Boston

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Updated: 4/24/2013 1:33 pm
BOSTON, Mass. -- The bomb in Boston threw everyone's race plans out of whack.

The runners, and those rooting them on, had to deal with a city under attack on its biggest sports day of the year.

Emma Phillips, a Jacksonville runner, is safe and ready to come home.

"I had finished and come through.  My friends and I had just finished about 20 minutes before the explosion.  But we heard them and saw all the people running.  We went to the 30th floor window, saw the smoke, people running in sheer pandemonium."

Phillips spent some time in a lockdown at the Marriott Copley, some two blocks from the finish line.

She is safe and waiting to connect with friends who were stuck in a restaurant somewhere in Boston.

"We are completely locked down.  We cannot leave our hotel room.  They shut down the first floor.  We can't go anywhere.  We got no phones.  It's a little frightening right now."

Finishing a marathon is reason for celebration.  That moment was stolen in Boston.

"All of our friends are accounted for and safe."  What's the next hurdle for Phillips and friends?  Find out when they can home to Jacksonville.  The flight is scheduled for Wednesday.

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nativejax - 4/15/2013 11:06 PM
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WE ARE STILL AT WAR...When are we going to get someone in the White House that knows how to LEAD THIS COUNTRY AND ROUND THESE TERRORIST, GANGS, THUGS, ILLEGALS UP AND DETAIN THEM IN INTERNMENT CAMPS UNTIL THEY CAN BE DEPORTED? WE INTERNED THOUSANDS BEFORE IN RECENT HISTORY JUST FOR THE SLANT OF THEIR EYES...THAT COMMITTED NO CRIMES, AND THEY WERE BORN HERE., BUT WE CAN'T GET THIS SCUM OFF AMERICAN SOIL? ALL MY PRAYERS ARE IN BOSTON.
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