16 Apr '13, 2am

#Boston #marathon bombing: Close shave for S'porean spectator David Ong who was at exact spot of the 1st of 2 bombs

#Boston #marathon bombing: Close shave for S'porean spectator David Ong who was at exact spot of the 1st of 2 bombs

PHILADELPHIA - His friend was bored, so Singaporean student David Ong, 23, decided to leave his prime viewing spot at the Boston Marathon. Ten minutes later, at 2.50pm local time, (2.50am Tuesday, Singapore time), the first of two bombs went off at the exact spot they were at, killing three and injuring more than a hundred. They were standing outside a residential building mere metres away from the finishing line. Mr Ong and his friend had been there to watch the race, and were hoping to take photographs with a "random marathon finisher, just for memories' sake." But a large barricade prevented them from meeting the runners directly, and they decided to leave after a while. "In hindsight, we were really unbelievably lucky," Mr Ong told The Straits Times. The friends were travelling via subway and only found out about their close shave when they reached Chinatown, two stati...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/boston-marathon...

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