(KMOV.com) -- A day after three people were killed and dozens of others injured in an explosion at the Boston Marathon, St. Louis-area residents who witnessed the aftermath began returning home to Lambert Airport.
A Fenton family said they had just watched their mom cross the finish line when in about 15 seconds, her greatest accomplishments turned into pure chaos.
Three members of the family, though, were in different spots when the explosion happened. So they all had different perspectives on the 26th mile.
“A storefront blew out,” said Jeff Morton. “So we were stuck and we didn’t know what to do.”
“I had a friend I was running with and we looked at each other and said, ‘that doesn’t sound right.’ And a few seconds later, it happened again,” said Jeff's wife, Pam Morton.
“I was just so scared, I thought a third one was going to go off,” said Talisa Morton, Jeff and Pam's daughter. "I saw a few people on the ground and everybody surrounding them. In the moment it was all panic."
Pam Morton said it took about four hours for her to finish the marathon. Then it took about another 30 minutes for her family to be reunited.
“When we finally found each other at the hotel, it was just tears and joy,” she said.
The Morton family says the blast won’t keep them from going back to Boston, but added they were glad to be home in St. Louis.