Residents of Watertown breathe sigh of relief as Boston area gets back to normal following bombing

BOSTON - Although the gunfire ceased and the threats eased, Boston is still coming to terms with the terrifying turn of events from the past week which culminated Friday night in one of its most quiet suburbs.

7NEWS reporter Amanda Kost along with 24/7 Meteorologist and native Bostonian, Maureen McCann, landed in Boston when the suspect was still at large.

Maureen's Boston roots have enabled the pair to get insider access to the multiple neighborhoods impacted by the  search and capture of the bombing suspect.

Dan Carroll of Watertown lives just a mile from where the suspect was caught. He is still in disbelief that the national spotlight has been focused on his hometown.

"It's almost like watching a movie on TV but at the end there's no credits. People are dead. It's unfortunate what happened. It's sad. Police officer lost his life. Innocent people last Monday losing their life. Over what?  What are you trying to prove?" Carroll asked.

Carroll and his daughters were on lockdown Friday while the suspect was on the run. Aiden, 13, described it as a "frightening" experience.

But after hearing that the suspect was captured and in custody, Carroll's younger daughter,  Alyssa, said she felt much safer going to bed last night.

On Saturday morning, the family walked down to Franklin Street to extend their thanks to the law enforcement officials who worked so hard to protect their community.

Carroll believes the signs of thanks won't be over anytime soon. He laughed, "These guys won't have to buy a beer for a long time."

There was a visible sense of relief across Watertown on Saturday as families like the Carrolls poured onto Franklin Street.  Many showed signs of support by wearing Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins gear. Several had on Boston Athletic Association marathon jackets.

Supporters also traveled in from distant towns in Massachusetts. Two marathoners had driven from Lowell, Mass. just to do their Saturday run through Watertown. Wearing T-shirts that said "Boston Strong" and "We Still Run," in true Boston spirit.

Perhaps to most notable sign that Boston is starting to get back to normal on Saturday following a week of fear and sadness is the return of sporting events. 

The Red Sox were back at Fenway on Saturday and the Celtics began their playoff run with the series opener against the Knicks. On top of that, Saturday commemorated the 101st anniversary of Fenway Park; opening day was April 20, 1912.

Then again, it was a sporting event that was the scene of how all this tragedy began. The iconic Boston Marathon, held every year on what's known as Patriots Day,  was where innocent lives were lost.

As 13-year-old Aiden asked on Saturday morning, "What does this have to do with an 8-year-old boy at the marathon?"

That's just one of the many questions that Bostonians still have despite the sense of relief.

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