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At least 12 East Texans competing in Boston Marathon

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Two bombs exploded near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 50 others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs, authorities said.

KLTV 7 has spoken to several East Texans who were in Boston on Monday, several of whom were running in the race.

Natalie Bach-Prather of Marshall, Dr. John Camp of Tyler, Dr. Jason Anderson of Marshall and Christy Hellman Richbourg of Tyler were all competing in the 117th running of the Boston Marathon and have made contact with KLTV. They are safe and uninjured.

KLTV also spoke to Mason Lieberman. Lieberman, from Tyler, is a student who lives two blocks from the scene of the explosion.

"People were bursting into tears, there's a lot of distress," said Lieberman. "The buildings have all gone on lockdown. We're up to two confirmed fatalities. It's absolute mayhem up here."

Today is Patriot's Day in Boston, a local holiday for Bostonians, so Lieberman said the mood was very festive before the explosion, as people packed the streets to watch the marathon.

At least 12 East Texans were in Boston running the marathon.

We will continue to have full coverage of this tragic event on KLTV 7.

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