Jean Schmidt: "All of a sudden, I heard this BOOM" - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Jean Schmidt returns home from Boston Marathon

(FOX19) -

Fmr. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt returned home Tuesday after her and her twin sister were in Boston running the marathon together when two explosions rocked the event.

Schmidt says she crossed and stood around 15 feet from the finish line to wait for her sister to also finish the race.

"I used a stranger's phone and called my husband, said I'd run one of the better marathons of my life, and hung up with him. He said she was about 20 minutes behind me," recalled Schmidt.

Shortly after the conversation with her husband, she says that's when the explosion rocked the ground around her feet.

"All of a sudden I head this, I head this BOOM, and I saw smoke. It was so surreal."

She says the explosion paralyzed her with shock, until a second bomb went off.

"I ran so fast to get away from it, and I saw people being rushed to the medical tent that were in really bad shape," said Schmidt.

She tells FOX19's Brett Hoffland, from the instant it went off, she knew it was a bomb.

Schmidt says the hotel staff where she stayed was wonderful, allowing her use their phone to let everyone know her and her sister were okay.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Monroe Police warns residents of phone scam

    Monroe Police warns residents of phone scam

    Thursday, June 21 2018 3:58 PM EDT2018-06-21 19:58:06 GMT

    Victims are told they have to send payments for various fees, fines and other costs to avoid arrest or their penalty.

    More >>

    Victims are told they have to send payments for various fees, fines and other costs to avoid arrest or their penalty.

    More >>
  • OVI checkpoint planned in Defiance Friday

    OVI checkpoint planned in Defiance Friday

    Thursday, June 21 2018 3:29 PM EDT2018-06-21 19:29:28 GMT

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Defiance County Friday evening. The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “Based on provisional data, there were 397 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 405 people were killed last year in Ohio,” Lt. Robert J. Ashenfelter, commander of the Defiance post, said. “State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year i...

    More >>

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Defiance County Friday evening. The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “Based on provisional data, there were 397 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 405 people were killed last year in Ohio,” Lt. Robert J. Ashenfelter, commander of the Defiance post, said. “State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year i...

    More >>
  • Complaint made about suspected bedbugs made at Cinemark theater; company 'not aware' of issues

    Complaint made about suspected bedbugs made at Cinemark theater; company 'not aware' of issues

    Thursday, June 21 2018 3:28 PM EDT2018-06-21 19:28:59 GMT

    A complaint about suspected bedbugs at the Cinemark theater in Franklin Park Mall was made Friday, and according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the mall used its bedbug protocol after the complaint. However, according to a Cinemark spokesman, the company is not aware of any issues with insects. “We work with a pest control company that regularly inspects our theatres and performs preventative services several times per year.  We are not aware of any is...

    More >>

    A complaint about suspected bedbugs at the Cinemark theater in Franklin Park Mall was made Friday, and according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the mall used its bedbug protocol after the complaint. However, according to a Cinemark spokesman, the company is not aware of any issues with insects. “We work with a pest control company that regularly inspects our theatres and performs preventative services several times per year.  We are not aware of any is...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly