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Associated Press, Published April 15 2013

N. Dakota woman calls bomb explosions 'surreal'

BISMARCK — A North Dakota woman who finished the Boston Marathon minutes before two bombs exploded says she is in disbelief and called the event "surreal."

Fifty-one-year-old Julie Jeske was about two blocks away getting food when two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line Monday. Two people were killed and more than 50 others were injured.

Jeske says she could see the smoke billowing out but tried to stay away so that emergency responders could attend to the injured.

She says, "I think everyone wasn't really processing what was going on."

Jeske was one of 17 runners from Bismarck competing in the race. This is her fourth time running the Boston Marathon.

She says she is now rethinking running the New York City Marathon.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.