During the manhunt, there were strict orders for residents in neighboring cities and beyond to stay inside. Our Iris St. Meran spoke with people in different areas about what they were feeling and experiencing as all of this was going down.
BOSTON, Mass. -- For hours, authorities from various police agencies made their presence known in Watertown, Boston and beyond looking for suspect number two. It's a scene that many people just aren't used to seeing.
Watertown resident Seth Tenenbaum said, "Once in a blue moon, you'll have a shooting on a side street, nothing on a main street. At most, I've seen seven or eight cops. I've never seen anything close to this presence. I've never seen one of those armored vehicles in motion. The first time I've seen them in Boston was the last few days."
Residents were told to shelter in place. Many received messages on their cell phones. During this time, they had to lock their doors and close the windows and only answer the door for uniformed officers. Meanwhile, authorities canvassed the area looking for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19.
"It's been really, the word that keeps coming up is surreal. It sort of feels like we're off camera for an action movie. Except that the action moved down our street. The humvee from the state police with a lot of state police vehicles," said Joy Lamberton-Arcolano of Watertown.
On a normal day, you would see lots of passenger vehicles and pedestrians walking up and down the street. Just outside of Watertown, the City of Boston looked like a ghost town with nearly no one out and about.
South Boston resident Alexis Jasek said "it’s very much toned down from what it usually is. Everyone is very quiet, everyone is very on guard."
"Everyone is really just exhausted from what's been happening. It's been a really, really rough week,” said Emerson College student Allison Trujillo.
And after this rough week, they all say they are eager to return to some kind of normalcy.