POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:44am
LONGVIEW (LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL) — J.T. Peebles finished Monday’s Boston Marathon with a time of 3:00:05 — a pace that propelled him and his father, Tim, to safety.
The Peebles were among three Longview residents who spoke Tuesday about experiencing Monday’s deadly bombing first-hand.
Finishing almost two hours earlier, by 2:50 p.m. local time, J.T. Peebles had cleaned up and was sitting in a restaurant a block and a half away with his father when the two bombs exploded at the finish line.
The younger Peebles said he thought the rumble that shook the restaurant might have been thunder. But Tim Peebles said he was certain what he heard was something out of the ordinary.
“My first thought was a jetliner crashed or a helicopter crashed — there had been a lot of helicopters in the air video taping the race,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’ve got to check this out.’ So I ran outside and saw the smoke plume and I knew something horrible had happened at the finish line.”
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