Wow: Runner Escapes Boston Bombs, Texas Blast
Joe Berti was there for both
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2013 7:39 PM CDT
Marathon runner Joe Berti poses for a photo in Austin, Texas, Thursday.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Not too many people can relate to this week better than Austin's Joe Berti. He raced in the Boston Marathon and figures he crossed the finish line about 30 seconds before the first bomb went off, reports AP. His wife got hit with shrapnel but escaped serious injury. The Bertis returned to Texas on Tuesday, and the next night, as he drove home from a meeting in Dallas on I-35, Joe's car got rocked by the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. He survived that, too, even pulling over to snap a photo of the plume—as debris hit his car. (See the image in the story's photo gallery.)

"People keep saying, 'Don't you feel unlucky?' and I was actually the opposite—saying not only do I not feel unlucky, but I feel blessed that my wife could be 10 yards from the explosion and not have a scratch." So will he be staying home for a while? "We need to keep him moving," says his wife, Amy. "Maybe he just needs to stand in an open field."

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Plato
Apr 19, 2013 6:34 PM CDT
The Guardian - March 24, 2009 Tsutomu Yamaguchi: survived the bombings of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Photograph: Jemal Countess/WireImage It seems almost improper to suggest that fortune was smiling on Tsutomu Yamaguchi in the dying days of the second world war.On 6 August 1945, he was in Hiroshima, preparing to return home from a business trip when the American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Yamaguchi lived, while 140,000 other people who were in the city that morning died, some in an agonising instant, others many months later.Burned and barely able to comprehend what had happened - only that he had witnessed a bomb unlike any used before - Yamaguchi spent a fitful night in an air raid shelter before returning home the following day.That home, 180 miles to the west, was Nagasaki. His arrival came the day before it was devastated by a second US atomic bomb on 9 August. In a barely conceivable course of events, he had twice been perilously close to nuclear ground zero; and both times he had lived. More than 70,000 other residents of Nagasaki were not so lucky.More than 60 years later, the 93-year-old became the first and only known survivor of both attacks yesterday to win official recognition from Japanese authorities.
valriem
Apr 19, 2013 9:54 AM CDT
He needs to buy a lottery ticket asap!
papi2002
Apr 19, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
If he stood in an open field he'd likely be swallowed by a sinkhole.