Michigan couple was at France-Germany soccer game during Paris attacks
TROY, Mich. – Dan Sharkey and his wife Patti, of Troy, finally were on the Paris trip he gave her for Christmas last year.
They were taking in the France vs. Germany soccer match Friday night when they heard the explosion.
"About 10-15 minutes into the game, we hear this explosion," said Dan. "And to be honest, I didn't think much of it. Could be a firework, whatever. Kind of strange."
That's what many people thought, even after the second explosion. They didn't know what was happening and cellphone service was cut off to avoid creating a panic inside the Stade De France.
"Nobody in the stadium knew what was going on, and they played the entire game. (The explosions) happened in the first half," said Dan.
Before the game Sharkey said he noticed how tight security was.
"They actually frisked everybody. My wife had to go to another line for females. And looking back, thank God they did because I read in the paper that that's how they caught the guy," he said.
When the explosives vest was found the bomber reportedly started backing up and detonated it. A spectator was killed by the blast.
"There were 80,000 people there so they saved someone's life. Could've been me. Could've been a hundred people around them," said Sharkey.
The Sharkeys certainly are glad to be home in Michigan but also are still shaken about what happened so close to them.
"It's a little scary to think that 200 yards away a bomb went off. Absolutely. But in my mind you have to go on. You can't let them win. You gotta drive on," said Sharkey.
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