In the weeks after the bombings, she winced at the sounds of ambulances screeching through the city, cars backfiring, doors slamming. When a neighbor began repairing his porch shortly after she witnessed the explosions and carnage on Boylston Street, Joanna Leigh said she experienced a panic attack and hid beneath luggage in the hall closet of her Jamaica Plain apartment.
Now, nearly three months after the attacks, the 39-year-old international development consultant is struggling with the spate of booms and flashes from fireworks that have punctuated recent nights and that will culminate with the much larger, louder simulation of bombs bursting in air tonight.
“The fireworks are driving me crazy,” said Leigh, who said she called police Wednesday night after the fireworks kept her up. “It brings back all the horror. It’s just very terrifying. It sounds like someone’s trying to kill you, and at this point, I have already had that happen. I don’t need more reminders of that.”
The constant thunderclaps of everything from bottle rockets to M-80s blowing up throughout the area in recent days have rattled many of those who stood near the finish line when the bombs exploded, triggering memories and fears they have sought to banish since the Marathon.
As a result, the city’s public health officials are making more counselors available over the coming days to provide any needed help and police have increased patrols to deter the illegal use of fireworks, which traditionally spikes this time of year.
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