Area runners located, safe after pair of explosions at Boston Marathon

LEWISTOWN – Two local runners who were participants in the Boston Marathon on Monday are safe and accounted for after two explosions near the finish line.

Two bombs exploded, a few seconds apart, around 3:30 p.m. leaving a confirmed three dead and more than 130 injured.

Scott Falkner, of Lewistown, completed the marathon about 30 minutes before the explosions occurred.

“We heard the bang.” Falkner said, “I was already done and getting bags. I was a couple of blocks away.”

Dick Yearick, of Reedsville, had a much closer call. He finished the marathon within 10 minutes of the first bomb going off.

He said the first thing he did after crossing the finish line was he called wife, along with a few of his friends, to say he finished. Yearick said a few moments later, the bombs went off.

“It was a real loud noise and white smoke.” Yearick said. “We knew right away what had happened.”

He explained he was approximately 100 to 150 yards away from the blast.

Yearick was very appreciative of the phone calls and text messages he received from friends and family.

“We were there and we didn’t know as much as friends and relatives did back home.” Yearick said.

Yearick also said said he thought both he and Falkner caught the last train out of Boston before the city was shut down due to security reasons.

Falkner said the police had dogs “all over the place” and in the train station.

“We are just glad to be out of there. We are relieved to get out of the city when we could. We didn’t know what was going to happen next.” Yearick said.

A third local runner, Gary Ishler of Reedsville, was registered for the race but due to illness, did not participate, and had left Boston before the race.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.