As of this morning, April 19, law enforcement have been scouring the streets, while locals spent most of their day on lockdown. But that didn't stop them from using social media to document their experiences, many of which were caught in these haunting images.
Channels like Instagram and Twitter remain critical avenues of storytelling and reporting, ones that city residents are relying upon to illustrate their personal experiences as witnesses to the unfolding of a tragic drama.
Not only are events like the Boston explosions a hallmark of modern times, but so is the way that we communicate about them. Just a decade ago, staying in touch was done over landlines, and the only people reporting stories were journalists. Social media, for better or worse, gives us all a voice, allowing everyone to participate in the creation our collective narrative.
While the story of terrorism remains the nation's, the experience of Boston residents, who are witnessing it firsthand, remains wholly their own.