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Eyewitness account of Marathon blasts from Westfield State grad

Recent Westfield State graduate Hillary Millett was about 100 feet from the finish line when the explosions happened Monday afternoon.

"There was a huge noise. We thought maybe the bleachers fell, and it looked like a movie," Millett said.

"All of a sudden, it turned into people lost limbs, like complete chaos," Millett said.

She had just watched her cousins finish the race on the same stretch of road now covered with debris.

"I felt so sick. I didn't know what to think. We were trying to call. The phones were so busy. You could see people getting so frustrated and crying," Millett said.

As she ran to safety, Millett and the dozens around her still didn't know what they were running from.

"People who just finished the race were crying so much and we just felt so sick and we were all shaking," Millett said.

She and her cousins are safe at their Somerville home Monday night and reflecting. 

The explosions took lives, limbs and destroyed the memories thousands of spectators and runners usually cherish on Marathon Monday.

"It was an awesome day, and then all of a sudden this great thing was taken from the runners because that didn't matter anymore. It mattered about keeping people safe," Millett said.

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