Boston bombings show Spokane what backpack bomb could have done

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 5:36 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Boston Marathon bombings is reminding people of Martin Luther King Day 2011 in Spokane, when a man placed a bomb on a park bench during the parade.

Staff at Auntie's Bookstore say that day has been burned into their memories and Monday's attack made them relive that event.

Manager, Melissa Opel, said that day changed her life forever.

"I had a customer come up to me and say, 'The police won't let me leave out of the front doors.'" said Opel.

The FBI was investigating a backpack on a bench just feet from her shop that prevented a tragedy and possibly spared countless lives.

On Monday, Melissa says she watched the similar incident unfold in Boston but with a very different out come. 

"To watch some of that video definitely sends some extra chills down the spine not just the horror of what happened in Boston but knowing these could have been images from our city., " said Opel.
 

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