"I think I was very, very fortunate. I thank God for it, the shrapnel that hit me, hit me right in the right spot where it just missed all my important organs and arteries and my spine," he said.
Art O'Connor, another spectator, was hit in the back with a hunk of metal as he ducked for cover. He said that he took the piece home as a grim souvenir from the tragic accident.
"I figured, wow, that hit me, it's mine. But I don't know if that was right or not," he said, saying he'd be happy to provide it to the investigators if they believe it will help them.
The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has completed scientific identification and notification to family members on five of the nine victims from Friday's accident. They are George Hewitt, 60; Regina Bynum, 53; Sharon Stewart, 47; James Leeward, 74.