HATTIESBURG, Miss. - People from all across the country were in Boston Monday to celebrate the city's Patriot's Day. Some of those visitors were residents from Hattiesburg.
Jeanetta Bennett said she was standing about two blocks away from the finish line waiting for her group, the Pine Belt Pacers, to cross.
"I didn't hear the explosion but iIwas outside when it happened," she said. "It was really loud out there with lots of people so I didn't hear anything abnormal."
Bennett said it wasn't until she was walking back to the hotel when she realized something was wrong.
"I saw a fire truck headed that way," she said. "We got to the hotel and heard people talking about an explosion. It was a lot of unknowns and no one really new what was going on."
Bennett said it hurts to know someone would turn an event like this into something tragic.
"People work year round to get into the Boston Marathon," she said.
There were about 50 Mississippians at the marathon . Some of their family and friends say they lost contact after the blasts, but eventually reconnected.