KENNER, La. -- As the manhunt for those responsible for the Boston bombings intensifies, local runners are returning home.
Eyewitness News caught up with some of them shortly after they landed at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Tuesday night.
"It was chaotic. It was a horrible scene. There were lots of people who lost their limbs," said Felicia Guidry.
As a stunned crowd and marathon runners were rocked by bombs blasts in Boston, Guidry was waiting inside an ambulance after falling near the finish line.
"I knew I had broken my arm, but a nice policeman encouraged me to get up and finish. They put me in the ambulance and while I was sitting there, we heard an explosion," said Guidry.
"I didn't really know what was going on except that we were getting passed by sirens, ambulances, fast moving cars and told to get up onto the sidewalk," said Sister Madonna Buder, who flew into New Orleans the day after the race.
It marks the 82-year-old's sixth marathon. The Spokane resident is gearing up for another race, this weekend's Ironman. Buder said she was about a mile and a half from the finish line when she and other runners were waved away.
"For the first time in my life. I know what it's like to be a refugee. All I had was the clothes on my body. I didn't even have contact numbers that were in my bag. It was on the bus," said Buder.
Todd Danos and his family are happy to be back in the Crescent City.
"Leaving the hotel this morning it was like a military zone," said Todd Danos.
This year marked Danos' third Boston Marathon. The Gretna family missed the bomb blasts by about 15 or 20 minutes.
"They were standing roughly 50 yards from where the second bomb went off and luckily they left. It's kinda surreal and sinking in a little bit," said Danos.
While authorities try and track down those responsible for Monday's tragic attack, this Houma runner is already planning for next year's race.
"This is my third Boston. I'm going to go back if they do it again," said Guidry.