ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A Rochester man who was in Boston for Monday's Marathon, also unknowingly had a front row seat when the bombs exploded.
According to the Boston Marathon website over 500 Minnesotans were registered to run in the event today -- 25 from here in Rochester.
FOX 47's Eric Lear talked with Ryan Hoyme of Rochester, who was at the race on Monday.
Hoyme wasn't running in the race itself, but the Rochester native was sitting in the VIP Grandstand directly across the street from where the explosions hit.
"There was a huge puff of smoke and then about 5 seconds later about a block and a half away from us that's when the second explosion hit. It was kind of ear piercing, that first explosion. Honestly it didn't even feel like it was real at all. It just felt like fireworks. It was total shock, we just saw bodies laying on the ground and people just panicking and running out of there," Hoyme said.
He also described the event as "total pandemonium."
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