Austinite Amy Berti and a friend had just watched their husbands cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday and were walking to meet them when the first bomb went off about 10 yards away.
“We just reeled back and glass shattered and it was so loud, our ears were just ringing,” Berti said by phone Monday afternoon. “She went one way and I went the other to get out of the way of shrapnel. … I backed into a doorway to get out of the way of what was flying through the air. The woman beside me — her leg from the knee down appeared to have been missing. She lost all the fingers on her left hand — they were sheared completely off. She was in shock.”
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