Locals on social media report a distinct lack of chaos, "just a feeling that everyone is focused."
Social media this morning is filled with well-wishers and prayers for those affected by Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. Many are posting pictures of themselves wearing blue and yellow (the Marathon's colors), and #bostonmarathon and #prayforboston are both heavily-used hashtags. From those in the city itself, the overarching sense is that parts of Boston, especially closer to downtown, have taken on an "eerie" stillness the morning after.
Many were tweeting and retweeting photos of an empty Boylston Street. (Note that Twitter's timestamps may not be accurate due to ongoing technical issues at the social networking site.)
Boylston street this morning. Chilling. twitter.com/MarthaRaddatz/…— Martha Raddatz (@MarthaRaddatz) April 16, 2013
Digital consultant Ramsey Mohsen posted photos of the heavy police presence outside his hotel.
Dianna Russini, a reporter for NBC Connecticut, and local Emily Carlucci, both posted impressions of a distinct lack of chaos.
Just spoke to runner. She put it best. "There's no chaos here in Boston just a feeling that everyone is focused...paying extra attention"— Dianna Russini (@DRussNBC) April 16, 2013
Security is very tight. If you stay at a hotel you must show ID. Although a calm feel here in Boston #BostonMarathon— Dianna Russini (@DRussNBC) April 16, 2013
And in perhaps the most chilling shot of this morning's aftermath, the Associated Press posted a photo (click through link to view) of the home of the 8-year-old boy who was among those killed in yesterday's attacks.
AP PHOTO: Peace is written in front of the Boston home of Martin Richard, 8, who was killed in Monday's bombing. apne.ws/119YA3u— The Associated Press (@AP) April 16, 2013