Local Family Talks About Boston Explosion Experience

Local Family Talks About Boston Explosion Experience

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The Boston Marathon is one of the most popular races in the world, so it's no surprise that there were many people from the Mobile area there at the time of the incident.

News 5's Lauren Vargas spoke with a Mobile family who was just a couple blocks away from the bombs.

The Birch family has a daughter who's currently studying for her PHD at Harvard, and they were looking forward to being reunited this week in Boston.

Victor Birch had spent months training for this race. He had finished the run, and was celebrating his accomplishments with his family down past the finish line.

But, the bombings obviously changed everything.

It was the last thing anyone was expecting, and although everyone in their family was thankfully safe, the Birch's are still devastated that this caused pain to so many other victims and their families.

"Today I'm sort of reflective. It's kind of sobering to think that timing is what allows me to be relaxing today and not at a hospital with my daughter, who was in that spot at one point during the race," said Victor Birch.

According to the Boston Marathon website, there were 111 Alabamians registered for the race.

Lauren Vargas will have more on this story tonight at 5 and 6.

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