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Dental practice halted in Boston bomb area

Boston—Dr. Alex Adeli left the Boston Marathon 15 minutes before the bombs exploded.

"We were near the finish line just watching the marathon runners," he told the ADA News. "It was a gorgeous day." The Prudential Dental Associates Boylston St. practice was closed for the day, a marathon tradition, and the office staff left at 2 p.m. not knowing the practice would be closed the day after as well, not knowing when dental practice would resume in the barricaded "crime area" that includes their office.

Dr. Adeli guessed as many as 8 to 10 dental practices may be closed in the barricaded area, "and we don't know how long it will be until we're able to open up."

Alerted to the next-day closure by an e-mail from his building manager about 11:30 p.m. Monday April 15, Dr. Adeli and staff quickly scrambled to alert some 30-35 patients that their Tuesday appointments would have to be rescheduled, he said. "The patients are all understanding because everyone knows what's going on. No one can enter the building."

Though he lives "close by," Dr. Adeli said he first heard about the bombing when friends called to tell him.