Atlantans return from Boston Marathon after explosions - CBS46 News

Atlantans return from Boston Marathon after explosions

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Most of the people flying into Atlanta's Heartsfield-Jackon airport from the Boston Marathon Monday evening left the race area before the explosions.

Ingrid Louw, of Alpharetta, finished the Boston Marathon before the explosions.

She was back safe at Atlanta's airport Monday evening but was bothered by the violent acts committed on a sport she loves.

"I was at the airport. I was ready to depart," said Louw."I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. I mean, it's a great occasion . It's just a shame."

Bryan Powell worked the marathon and was at the airport getting ready to leave Boston when he heard about the blasts.

"We rushed to the bar at the airport and turned on the TV and saw the carnage. Just coming from where that was, a little rattled," said Powell.

Some travelers in Atlanta also watched the news coverage on airport monitors.

Danny Bourgeois is the marketing director for the Louisiana Marathon. He had just finished up his work at the at the Boston race before the explosions.

"I felt like I was back in Atlanta again. I felt like it was the Olympics all over again. It caught me off guard," said Bourgeois.

Bourgeois was in Atlanta working the Olympics in 1996 during the Olympic Park bombing.

"I see the good side in it. We all pulled together and are the best of it," said Bourgeois.

He believes the runners and the citizens of Boston will bounce back as well.

And marathons will have increased security and public support in the future.

"I think Boston will be stronger. I think marathons and public events will probably step up a bit and will come back strong," said Bourgeois.

Bourgeois told CBS Atlanta News that the runners and workers who were in the heart of where the explosions happened were held in the area for a while for security reasons.

More runners and workers are expected to start returning back from Boston on Tuesday.

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