Pocono Commuters Weigh In on NYC Explosion

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DELAWARE WATER GAP -- With high security in New York City, commuters from the Poconos were not taking any chances Monday morning.

Dozens left the Martz bus station in Delaware Water Gap to go to the city. A lot of people headed there for business purposes decided to take an earlier bus to make sure they got to the city on time.

Anthony Walsh lives in Marshalls Creek and travels back and forth to New York City every week for work. But at the start of this work week, he's taking some extra safety precautions after an explosion in Manhattan injured dozens over the weekend.

"I'm taking it day by day and hopefully it doesn't happen, but it can happen to anyone," Walsh said.

"Why would this happen so close to home?" asked Peyton Barnes of East Stroudsburg. "You hear it in the news so much and you're like, 'Wow, it's actually happening near me,' and you never know when it's going to happen to anybody. It's just really scary."

Barnes has a friend who lives on 23rd Street in Manhattan. When Barnes was finally able to get in touch with her friend, she told her what happened.

"She said it felt like a dream and it looked like something out of a movie, people just running around and bombs going off. She didn't think it was real. She literally said she had to pinch herself and say, 'OK, this is really happening.'"

A lot of the commuters told us they decided to take an earlier bus because once they get to the city, they anticipate a lot of security, but it makes them feel a little safer.

"Before embarking here at the bus stop, I did check and call a couple of friends and family members and they said so far, coast is clear but there is high security at the bus station in New York and make sure you have your ID. It reminds me a little bit of 9/11 when we were on the high-security alert," said Lorrie Whitfield.

Whitfield is a lawyer in Brodheadsville and New York City. She said she is a little nervous to go into the city but plans to keep a close eye on her surroundings.

"Unfortunately, it's just the way things are today. We just have to be extra careful in where we go, where we travel."

Buses in and out of the Poconos to the city have been running normally.

The last bus headed to New York City on Monday leaves at 9:30 p.m.

A man suspected in a string of bombings in New York and New Jersey was captured Monday morning.