LSU student describes scene away from blast as confusing but calm

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An LSU student who was in Boston at the time of the blasts described what she saw and heard after the explosions.

Sydney Armstrong and her parents were visiting her brother in Boston. The bombings happened at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which was on Boyston Street at Dartmouth Street. She describes being close enough to hear it, but far enough away that they didn't know what actually happened until a little later.

"My family and I had been at the baseball game then headed to Newberry, which is one street over from Boylston," wrote Armstrong via text message. "We were actually walking back to his apartment and heard the explosion, but at the time, it sounded like a canon, which we thought was for the race. Where we were, no one was panicking, yet. We saw a few runners on their phones and running away and just saw everyone on their phones. We didn't realize what was going on until we got inside and turned the TV on. There was no cell service, so we couldn't check anything, so it was more just confusion, but I never felt that something was wrong until we saw the TV and then obviously, the police started shutting down my brother's street and doing street bomb sweeps. We just so happened to walk back at the perfect time."

"I will say the Boston police handed everything so well. My brother lives on Beacon and Mass Ave., which is about 3 streets over from Boylston and where we were, you would have never guessed just a few hours ago and a few blocks away an attack had occurred. So, it was very reassuring and impressive," she added.

CNN is reporting that a timing device was used to set off the bomb and that detonation by a cell phone was unlikely. No one has publicly claimed responsibility for the act Monday that took the lives of three people and injured 176.

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