This is what jubilation looks like.
The scene in Watertown and the Boston area last night looked a little bit like the celebration on college campuses and across the nation after news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The young and old gathered in public spaces, draped in American flags, singing the national anthem, feeling a sense of common accomplishment, relishing in a public exhale. After a day of lockdown, the source of their collective fear was lifted.
The Boston Globe was there and recorded reactions.
“They’re proud of the city being so resilient, they’re proud of the police and the FBI doing a damn good job catching a suspect as they should, and I just think it’s a good place to be.”
“This kind of spontaneous outburst of pride in the city and unity, it’s just unprecedented,”
“Unforgettable. It’s amazing to be out here and just feeling the same way as everyone else does,” she said. “I don’t know, I’m just so happy.”
And here's what the photographers saw:
A police officer and a woman react to news of the arrest of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A police officer gives a thumbs up to another officer in Watertown, Mass. after the manhunt concluded. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A crowd cheers as they shake hands with a police officer near Boston Common after the final suspect was captured.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A line forms to shake the hand of officer Raymond Coldero.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Joseph Eli Libby, 20, of Boston, carries a flag near a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A Mass. State Trooper, left, shakes hands with a police officer after the arrest.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A crowd assembles to react to news in Boston.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A crowd gathers at Boston Common.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The crowd sings and shouts in Boston Common.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Taylor Richard, center, of Belmont, Mass., and Alyssa Kohler, 17, of Cambridge, Mass., wrap themselves in the American Flag in Watertown, Mass.(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
People cheer for police as they drive by.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Joe Cesaro, 19, uses a U.S. flag over his back as he joins a crowd gathered at Boston Common after the final suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was arrested.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Frank McGillin, right, who has ran three Boston Marathons, and his wife, Peggy, pose for a photograph as a crowd reacts to news of the arrest of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects during a celebration at Boston Common, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The Boston skyline is seen tattooed on the back of 24-year-old Matthew McCord as he attended a rally at Boston Common after the final suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was arrested.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)