WNY Native Hurt in Boston Bombing

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y (WKBW) Elizabeth Bermingham told a reporter that she "can't believe that she walked out of there" after being only 20-feet away from one of the Boston Marathon explosions.

The 29-year old woman, and a friend, were at the race when all of a sudden she said "there was this massive blast, ringing in your ears, bright lights, and there was dirt and debris" flying at her.

Bermingham had to be treated at a Boston area hospital for a ruptured ear drum and burns and cuts on her head.

Growing up in Williamsville and attending local private schools, Bermingham now lives in the Lexington, Massachusetts area.

Claudia Bermingham, a Buffalo relative, spoke with Eyewitness News: "What a terrible tragedy. I feel badly for everybody that was injured or deceased. It happens everywhere in the world, and we have to face it, it is now in our own country - and that is a very sad state of affairs."