Kansas, Missouri runners come home after Boston Marathon - KCTV5

Kansas, Missouri runners return home after participating in Boston Marathon

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Scene from Copley Square at the Boston Marathon where there were explosions at the finish line. (Source: James Bardin) Scene from Copley Square at the Boston Marathon where there were explosions at the finish line. (Source: James Bardin)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

No arrests have been made, and no one is claiming responsibility for the Boston Marathon bombings.

A law enforcement official tells CBS News the bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon and were put in place to look like pieces of trash. The devices were put inside pressure cookers and placed inside bags. The pots were packed with nails and small metal pellets.

Runners returned to the scene Tuesday to pick up belongings they left behind, and their marathon medals. Mourners are placing flowers and T-shirts near the crime scene. The area will be closed off at least until Thursday.

Hundreds of runners from Missouri and Kansas were in Boston for Monday's race and dozens of runners came home to Kansas City just 24 hours after being in the center of a horrific scene.

There were lots of hugs Tuesday at KCI as loved ones rushed to greet their runners. A group of more than 30 runners arrived at the KCI airport Tuesday afternoon just before 2 p.m. and many of them stopped to talk about their experience. All of them said they're just happy to be home.

Ali Hatfield wasn't far from the finish line when the deadly blasts hit.

"It was something you can't forget - you knew it wasn't a normal sound, especially in a big city like that," she said.

"We go into immediate denial - I'm sure it's not a terrorist attack and maybe a storm sewer blew or a transformer or some crazy thing," Greg Hall said.

A group of more than 30 runners arrived at the KCI airport Tuesday afternoon just before 2 p.m. and many of them stopped to talk about their experience. All of them said they're just happy to be home.

Runner after runner described the indescribable. Runner after runner came home with not just the heartbreaking accounts, but all the good they witnessed in the face of disaster.

"They had a Google page and were opening their homes to anyone who got displaced - an amazing thing to see," Hall said.

Well over 100 people from the metro took part in this year's race and were there when the horrific events of Monday happened, many of them having just narrowly escaped being near the finish line where the two deadly blasts happened. Many of them planned the trip since before last year's race. It was a trip that changed for everyone in an instant.

"Pretty somber. Nobody really cared about their times - they were just worried how everybody else was and the people that got hurt. (It's) something none of us will ever forget," Mark Niblo said.

"I think Boston really, really hurts today. That's a proud city, a really proud event," Hall said.

Every single runner who talked to KCTV5 News Tuesday said they plan to run the Boston Marathon again.

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