“We heard an explosion, and seen, of course, a cloud of smoke, white smoke, and to me my thoughts were… the last thing I would think of is a bomb,” she told Peace FM yesterday. “Unfortunately for some people that was the first thing they thought of.”
She says the area was cleared quickly, and as she and her friend made their way back to their nearby hotel, they began to learn more about what had actually happened.
“Everybody has their cell phones and everybody’s calling back and forth. You start hearing the impact of it and the impact on some of the people that it hadn’t missed,” she says, “It was numbing, it was just numbing.”
Her husband Curtis was about a kilometre from the finish line when the bombs went off, and as people started to congregate, she was lent a phone to try and reach him.
“I was very concerned that he was at the finish, but of course the cell service was shut down, nobody was getting through,” she says. “We’re getting pushed from street to street, [the police] keep yelling at us to ‘clear the street, clear the street’, which, understandably yes because there were suspicious packages all over. It was chaotic.”
Luckily she and Curtis were able to meet up at a previously designated corner some time later.
Brewster says the downtown area now has a high army and police presence, and security has been heightened, adding she has to show her ID to get to her hotel. Despite the tragedy, she applauds the spirit of the city, calling it an “amazing place” from the moment she arrived. She and her husband remain in Boston until Friday.
So far there have been no arrests made yet in the bombings that left three people dead and injured near 150 others.