Police officer stands guard at South Station on April 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. South Station was shut down and heavily guarded with police in response to the early morning shootings in Cambridge and Watertown, Massachusetts.
As the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued on Friday afternoon, Boston residents ordered to stay indoors, began sharing photos of the city’s empty streets on social media.
Authorities were hunting door-to-door for the 19-year-old college student after his older brother and alleged accomplice was killed in a firefight overnight.
The city was completely deserted as mass transit was halted in Boston and police warned close to 1 million people in the city and some of its suburbs to hunker down in their homes and keep their doors locked to anyone but law-enforcement officers.
“It is important that folks remain indoors,” Gov. Deval Patrick said at a press conference on Friday. “Keep the doors locked and [do not] open the door unless there is a uniformed, identified law enforcement officer on the other side of it requesting to come inside.”
Businesses were also advised not to open. In Boston’s Seaport district, office towers sat almost empty, according to The Boston Globe.
Bus service was suspended and the Boston subway system remained shut down, while taxi service has been partially restored. Amtrak rail service to Boston was suspended.
City and town halls as well as courthouses were closed. Public works canceled trash pickup, keeping garbage trucks off streets.
The Red Sox and the Bruins' games scheduled for Friday night were postponed.
Take a look at images of Boston on lockdown.