This Is What Relief Looks Like: Boston Celebrates After Bombing Suspect Arrested

April 20, 2013, 5:08 a.m.

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: