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A view from above: The first explosion

Updated 1951 GMT (0351 HKT) April 8, 2015
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Aaron Tang says he witnessed the first of the Boston Marathon bombings through a window from his office, about half a block from the finish line. "(There was a) big blast of fire, and smoke, but it all vanished so fast and (there's) not much left to see minus lots of shattered glass," he wrote on Flickr. The following images are what he saw on April 15, 2013. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo, who finished first in the women's race, makes her way toward the finish line. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Children watch the race from a window. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Officers enter the crowd. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Tang's view from his window. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa, who won the men's marathon, reaches the finish line. Courtesy Aaron Tang
A herd of photographers captures the big race.
Runners pass by. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Smoke fills the air after an explosion. Courtesy Aaron Tang
People appear to panic. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Bystanders clear the area. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Smoke fills the surrounding area. Courtesy Aaron Tang
People help the injured. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Officers help clear the area. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Injured people lie on the ground. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Workers clear a fence. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Officers and others help the injured. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Officers continue to help. Courtesy Aaron Tang
An injured person receives help. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Glass and blood cover the ground. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Officers scan the scene. Courtesy Aaron Tang
Debris covers the ground. Courtesy Aaron Tang