HAZLETON -- Horrifying, terrible, and sick. That's how some people in our area describe the Boston Bombings.
Newswatch 16 talked with three men who were taking a coffee break at Mary's restaurant near Hazleton. They were moved by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
"How do we prevent it, I have no idea. They were talking about it being very soft and it's very hard to prevent that," said Tony Kiddish of Foster Township.
"It's just the signs of the times. The population is getting greater and you get more people like that," said Bob Garnett of Nanticoke.
"Having it happen in the United States now is pretty scary," added Ron Roberts of Mountain Top.
Scary is the word being used at the senior citizens center in downtown Hazleton.
"This is human life we're talking about," said Rose Mary Debise. "It does (bother me) because it can happen here."
West Hazleton resident Shirley Singer says the 9/11 attacks have affected her life and the bombings at the Boston Marathon reinforce her feelings.
"I'm afraid to go to New York and I love going to these shows and when I walk New York, I'd be thinking 'I hope I get home safely,'" she said. I don't ride in a plane much anymore or go anywhere in a plane."
Despite the horrible images she saw on TV, Dana Resuta refuses to be afraid.
"People who do things like this want us to live in fear like they do in foreign countries but they don't know Americans."
All of the people we talked to have one thing in common since the Boston bombings: they have become more vigilant when it comes to their personal safety.