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About 15 minutes later, he was walking back to his friends when the first bomb went off.
“I thought maybe it was a cannon,” Green said. Then the second one exploded as he was walking toward it.
“When I saw it, I pulled out the camera and immediately took that picture,” Green said.
He then put it back in his pocket and went to help the injured, including a boy and others who were missing limbs.
“It was like battle — a lot of noise, a lot of smoke, people coming at me in a panic,” he said.
A short time later, his friend Jason Lubin texted him and asked if he was OK. He replied with the photograph and a note: “It was just in front of me.”
Lubin said Thursday, after the FBI released photos of the two suspects, that he decided to take a closer look at Green’s photograph — on the off chance Green had captured anything unusual. He pulled up the photo on his smartphone and zoomed in on the crowd. There in the lower left corner was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev walking around a corner, his backward white baseball cap standing out amid the dozens of panicked people fleeing.
“I literally had to sit down,” Lubin said.
Leonard also took pictures of the chaotic aftermath, smoke five stories high from the explosions that he said were deafening. He also saw a person who lost a limb before police rushed everyone away from the scene.
“The sense of loss tears your heart apart when you hear the victims’ stories,” said Leonard, who has lived in Taunton, about 30 miles south of Boston, since 1986 and knows what the race means. “It’s just so senseless.”
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
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