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Atlantans react to "crazy" week of tragic news

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

As hard as they try, some people who live and work in downtown Atlanta can't help but be a little nervous, especially during a week when tragedies across the nation are dominating the news.

"Being in a city which is one of the largest cities in the South - the CDC is here - if I wanted to get out, I can't," said Kara Rainey who works on the 25th floor of a downtown high-rise building.

Since Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, people all across the country have been on edge. The next day, authorities discovered letters sent to President Obama and a U.S. senator that tested positive for the poison ricin.

 "It's scary," said Beth Burt, who also works downtown. "We live in a populated city that would be a target."

Atlantans also found themselves glued to their televisions late Wednesday night and early Thursday after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed firefighters and citizens and injured scores more.

"These things kind of happen in clumps." said Burt. "But you can't live your life in fear."

Authorities do not believe that any of the cases are related.

Since Monday's bombings in Boston, police in metro Atlanta have gotten several calls of suspicious packages that they later learned did not contain anything dangerous.

Police say they don't mind checking out suspicious activity or suspicious activity, even if they turn out to be nothing. They'd rather be safe than sorry.

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