WATERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) - There are cheers all around on the streets of Watertown, after the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been brought into police custody, following a day-long manhunt.
Police officers, who have been working in the area for nearly 24 hours, were all smiles, and crowds are lining the streets to cheer the passing police cruisers and the ambulance bringing the suspect to the hospital.
Spectators, who had not been allowed outside their homes all day due to the manhunt, have been chanting "BPD!" in honor of the Boston Police Department, one of the many law enforcement agencies that have been involved in the search for 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Via their Twitter account, Boston police announced: "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."
For the first time in four days there's reason to celebrate in eastern Massachusetts.
"Extremely relieved and maybe I'll be able to sleep tonight, I was not able to last night at all," said Rita Collela of Watertown.
Those people who heard the shots say they knew this was it. According to Mark Ciano of Waterford, "Said to my wife, something's weird here, and my son said, ‘yeah there are two helicopters,' and I said, I'm gonna go outside, something's wrong."
Watertown residents who have been in lockdown mode all day officially have their freedom back. Abdul Sayedi of Waterford told 22News, "Now I feel safe, now I can go drive my car. I'm hungry, now I can go eat."
After word spread, celebrations began; police were smiling again, the streets turned into a party. A day people here will remember forever, after a massive tragedy the state of Massachusetts will never forget.
Kevin Gills of Lexington said, "There are so many families who are going to be living with this for many, many years. No doubt the city, Watertown and Boston has changed forever."