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Medical workers wheel the injured across the finish line during the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Medical workers wheel the injured across the finish line during the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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'Total chaos': Kingsport runner describes scene at Boston explosions

Rain Smith • Apr 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Kingsport's Scott Horton, 50, has been running competitively for more than 20 years, and says it was a "dream come true" to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

But approximately four hours later, sitting in his locked down motel a block from Monday's fatal explosion, he conceded the day had turned into a nightmare. He said ATF agents were swarming the building while he and his wife, like the rest of the nation, attempted to glean what information they could from media reports.

"At first we didn't know what it was, but it sounded like a bomb could have went off," Horton said of the explosions, which as of late Monday had killed two and injured more than 80. "When we saw the people running we knew something had happened. People were crying, all the sirens started. Total chaos."