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article imageUM coach says dogs worked line before blast, police urged calm

By Ralph Lopez     Apr 15, 2013 in World
The cross country coach at the University of Mobile told reporters that bomb sniffing dogs were working at the finish line of the Boston Marathon before the blasts, as authorities made repeat announcements to spectators not to "worry."
Coach Ali Stevenson, who was running the Marathon, told WPMI-15:
"They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise,"
Stevenson had just crossed the finish line said his wife, who was in the stands where the explosions went off minutes after, was walking up to meet him.
According to WMPI, Stevenson said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. Stevenson told he reporter that he had been in many major marathons.
Stevenson said:
"Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise...I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in."
At the time of writing, news reports state that two were killed and at least 130 injured in today's bomb attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The winners had already crossed long before, and the stands were emptying out as amateur and recreational runners crossed the finish line.
UPDATE: News reports now confirm three dead.
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