WHSV reporter Litsa Pappas was just a few blocks away from the bombings in Boston on Monday.
“It's still hard to believe that this happened in my home city while I was there. I was just home for a few days visiting family. I never expected to get caught up in such a tragedy,” she said.
It started as a peaceful day in Boston. Litsa ate lunch with her sisters right by the finish line of the marathon on Boylston Street earlier in the day.
The two bombs went off at the finish line same spot, leaving people running and screaming. Luckily, at that time, she had moved a few blocks away to a friend's apartment. She heard the news and looked out the window to see chaos in the street.
She said first responders were scrambling and people were confused about where to go. She waited to see whether it was safe to leave. As the group left the building, a police officer yelled at them to get back inside or to leave the area immediately, so they left.
On the way out of the back bay area, Litsa saw police officers forcing everyone to evacuate, marathon runners not sure what to do, and people in the streets looking for safety.
A friend picked them up and got them to a safer place all through the traffic of ambulances and SWAT teams.
The noise of sirens continued in Boston throughout the night, leaving them still wondering what happened.
Looking back on the experience, Litsa said, “It's really hard to even think about it. I think it took awhile to sink in what was happening. ...I went into my 'reporter' mode when it happened and started tweeting pictures, so you all could know right away what I saw and that I was okay. Boston has always been my city. My three sisters live there now. And it's still devastating to see this all happen in a place we call home, where we've always felt safe.”
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