Area native, now Boston resident, sees city in chaos

The bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday was very close to home for at least one Williamsport native.

Chad Wheeland has lived in Boston since the mid-1990s. His wife, Leah, works “right around the corner from the marathon’s finish line,” where the bombings occurred.

“On a normal Marathon Monday, she may have been out there along with her coworkers cheering on the runners and offering up cups of water,” he said. “She stayed home sick today. I’ve never been so happy for her to have the flu.” Wheeland said he and his wife see the stricken neighborhood in Boston every day.

“Two days ago I had my teeth cleaned at a dentist two doors down from where the second explosion happened, the Starbucks on Broyleston Street. The first one was in front of the Lenscrafters.”

When he spoke to the Sun-Gazette about 7:40 Monday evening, Wheeland was attempting to get home.

“There’s about a 15-block quarantine in the Back Bay. Every single highway access point is blocked off by state police. There’s always an odd look to neighborhood during this time of year anyway, since law enforcement does such a good job of clearing out streetside parking. But there’s usually such a sheer number of people everywhere.”

The area locked down had no one in it but law enforcement and buses full of bags that belong to Marathon runners, Wheeland said.

Monday usually is a joyful day in Boston, an unofficial holiday.

“Today is Patriots’ Day, a tradition to take the day off of work, hang out and carouse,” Wheeland said. “The Red Sox play early. It’s such a vibrant day in Boston, some people think it’s the best day in Boston. The Back Bay is full of life, there’s such an energy there. The whole thing is just a vacuum right now.”