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San Diego runners near finish line as bombs went off

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Thousands of runners were taking part in Monday's Boston Marathon when the explosions went off, many of whom were just crossing the finish line at the time.

News 8 found out a number of San Diegans were there when the blasts happened.

Kimberly and Ned Beatty are currently staying two blocks away from where two of the blasts occurred. They both ran the marathon and were near the finish line when the bombs went off.

"Suddenly there was a very loud bang explosion," Kimberly tells News 8.

Five minutes after crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon, Kimberly Beatty says it felt as if cannons were going off in the crowd.

"We heard this huge explosion and we turned around and saw this huge plume of smoke. There were families there, children there, and there was another explosion after that," she said.

Kimberly's husband, Ned, finished the race 10 minutes before she did. And in the middle of the chaos, Ned spoke to a runner who crossed the finish line seconds after the first bomb exploded.

"He said that it smelled to him like it was gunpowder," she said. "And he couldn't see anything because it was kind of a big cloud of thick smoke."

This was Kimberly and Ned's fourth Boston Marathon in a row. The husband and wife who live in Sabre Springs with their four children say their phone has been ringing non-stop.

"Getting a lot of calls from friends and family," she said. "Everybody is worried about us."

Kimberly Beatty served as a special agent in both the DEA and ATF for five years and from the beginning she suspected the explosions were bombs intentionally set because of their proximity to the finish line.

"Because there were two one right after another," she said.

Kimberly started crying because the people who were blown up were the same spectators lined up ten deep to cheer her on.

"It's scary and you are just so worried about the people back there... What has happened? Are they okay?" she said.

Boston police are advising people who are staying in the city to avoid gathering in large groups and if possible stay in their hotel rooms.

When News 8 last spoke to the Beattys that's just where they were.

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