The bomb video that we've been seeing played back on television from cell phones and cameras at the Boston Marathon pale in comparison to what 29 year old Elizabeth Bermingham experienced on the ground.
"The blast doesn't look as bright as it was when you were in it so it's kind of hard to reconcile what I saw with what's happening (on video)," explained Bermingham.
Bermingham and her friend didn't know anyone in particular in the race but in true Bostonian fashion they spent Marathon Monday also Patriot's Day, a Massachusetts state holiday along the race route.
As they jockeyed among other spectators for the perfect position near the finish line the first earth shattering explosion rocked the area, seconds later the next bomb exploded.
"There were people who were five or six feet in front of us who were certainly going to loose their limbs and were really catastrophically injured," said Bermingham.
Dazed and confused, Bermingham didn't realize she was bleeding but saw blood trickling down her friend's face and they both ran inside a nearby candy store to get out of the plume of dirt and debris.
What happened next is something she'll never forget.
Two other women also running for their lives, stopped to help them.
"We stopped and got some water off the street and washed off some of the wounds and double checked to see if they were clotting and they took care of us and got us to a car and to a hospital," Bermingham recounted.
Bermingham suffered a ruptured eardrum and burns and cuts to her head but can't help but feel thankful to be alive.
Elizabeth thought she'd be okay returning to her regular daily life but in a recent outing to the zoo even a loud noise from a truck was enough to rattle her and incite a frightening flashback of the terror attack.