By CNN Staff
WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (CNN) — First there was a burst of gunfire. Then a series of blasts. Then, less than an hour later, cheers.
After nearly 24 hours of a massive manhunt for one Boston Marathon bombing suspect that terrorized several cities and riveted a nation, the shouting and applause on the streets of Watertown, Massachusetts, was a welcome sign of victory.
Police shouted, “Yay!” Neighbors clapped.
“Is that him?” someone asked as an official in a law enforcement vehicle drove by the crowd.
A person inside the vehicle said “Yes” — and the crowd of residents erupts in cheers again.
Minutes later, a series of Twitter posts from the Boston Police Department trumpeted the news.
“CAPTURED!!!” one post said. “The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”
In Watertown, SWAT teams shouted over a loudspeaker to the crowd: “Thank you thank you! It was a pleasure! USA! USA!”
The crowd joined in.
Watertown resident Mary Sullivan was among those cheering.
She was walking her young black Labrador, Lucy, when gunshots rang out in her neighborhood on Friday.
She waited for word on the fate of the suspect at the corner of Franklin and Mount Auburn with dozens of other residents.
“I’m glad it’s over,” she said. “The city and the people have gone through so much pain over these irrational decisions of these young men.”
CNN’s Wayne Drash, Susan Candiotti, Greg Botelho and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.