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Tri-State residents say they don't feel less safe because of Boston bombing incident

April 16, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

Leslie LeBlanc of Hagerstown, who has family living in Massachusetts, said she could not reach her niece, who lives in Boston, for several hours after the Monday explosions during the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and scores injured.

“That was a real source of concern for us,” she said Tuesday.

LeBlanc, 55, described the explosions as “disconcerting,” but said she does not feel any less safe because of them, nor is she worried about something happening in Hagerstown or to her family in Massachusetts.

“I would think that security is probably heightened in Boston, so I would imagine that’s probably one of the safest places to be right now,” she said.

Two bombs exploded about 10 seconds and 550 feet apart on Boylston Street near the finish line of the marathon.

Area residents Tuesday said they were saddened and shocked by the terrorist attack, but that they did not feel less secure because of it.

“Violence is going to happen no matter what you do,” said Joe Wagner, 77, of Hagerstown.

Danny Hutton, 59, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said such an attack could happen at any time regardless of security measures in place.

“With all the money we spend on homeland security and the FBI, you wonder how it could happen,” he said. “Just about anything can happen, but I’m not going to let it affect how I do things.”

Erin Minnick, 23, of Boonsboro, said she did not feel safe from an attack before the explosions.

“It’s worried me every day since 9/11,” she said. “I always worry about my son and (about) being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Michael Gardner, 29, of Hagerstown, said living in fear after such an attack works in favor of the attacker.

“If you stop living your life, you’ve let them win,” he said. “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to live your life and can’t be scared.”

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