Stevenson, speaking with various news sources at the event, told one Alabama publication about what he witnessed during the race. While managing to finish the race before the explosions were in range of him or his bystander wife, Stevenson revealed some interesting information that makes sense of some Boston Globe tweets from earlier regarding bomb drills — which had been going on around the time of the actual explosions themselves and therefore may have confused police and emergency response.
In the article, Stevenson is recorded as saying:
“They kept announcing to runners not to be alarmed, that they were running a training exercise.”
In fact, the eyewitness runner says that there were already a major presence of bomb sniffing dogs and even a bomb squad.
Likely due to the perceived drill that was set to go on right before the actual explosion in the same area, the runner detailed how there was already a large presence of bomb sniffing dogs and even a bomb squad right nearby before the explosions hit. In fact, they had told the competitors and the fans that it was simply a drill — until they realized that real people were being injured and killed.
These direct quotes by Stevenson, which have been captured via screenshot here in the event that the page is changed in any way or taken down, prove that the police were under the impression that the entire thing was a drill. This may coincide with a tweet made by the Boston Globe, which reads:
“BREAKING NEWS: Police will have controlled explosion on 600 block on Boylston Street”