ROMULUS, Mich. (WXYZ) - People from our area who were in Boston at the time of the attack flew back home Monday night with memories of a trip they'll never forget, for all the wrong reasons.
"Someone thought that the bleachers had collapsed because there was a loud boom, boom," said Duane Allen. The Brownstown Township man and his wife Tanya Allen had been watching the Boston Marathon from across the finish line and stepped into their hotel to eat when they felt the explosions.
"Not even ten minutes after we were in there the explosions one after another hit," said Duane. He said people rushed into the hotel.
"With all the debris, all the smoke was coming down the street," said Duane.
"It was all white like 9-11 you could see the debris everywhere," said Tanya.
At that point the couple said the police would not let anyone leave the hotel.
"The police officers locked us into the hotel. The police officers didn't want anybody leaving. Then about 15 minutes later they came back in and said everybody out," said Duane.
It happened so fast the police officers made them leave their luggage behind even though it wasin the lobby behind the hotel counter.
"He said, 'do you want your life or your luggage?' Get," said Tanya. They headed right to the airport.
Some of the runners who crossed the finish line said it was such a close call that they had crossed only minutes before the blasts went off.
"It was literally 5 minutes after we crossed," said DJ DeJesus from London, Ontario. "Luckily the way it works in Boston is at the end of the race they usher everybody away from the race as fast as they can because there was no space.
DeJesus said he had a lot of time to reflect on the day on the flight home and he decided he will definitely run the marathon again.
"I will go back next year and I will run because I don't think we can allow things like this to dictate what we are going to do for the rest of our lives and like I said, just, sad. Really, really sad," he said.