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Boston Bombings: How the Manhunt Unfolded on Twitter in Real Time

Twitter has been flooded with information about the manhunt for the suspected Boston marathon bombers the past 24 hours. Updates have poured in from news anchors, journalists, civilians and outsiders ever since the chase heated up Thursday night in Cambridge and Watertown, Mass., leaving one of the suspects dead. In some cases these first-hand accounts have outpaced reporting on network and cable news.

Here is a compilation of those tweets:


Wow! MT @110playharder: @davidagreen snagged a pic of suspect.…

— Jeff Dengate (@RWGearGuy) April 19, 2013


Boston now ! @barrybateman View from my house...crazy #watertown…"

— Smarty Pants ™ (@MartinMcLeman) April 19, 2013



Heavy police presence in the 400 block of Commonwealth Avenue near Kenmore Square.

— Jim Lokay WCVB (@LokayWCVB) April 19, 2013



1:49pm: @cambridgepolice allowing media to move a bit closer to the intersection where the suspects lived.

— Jim Lokay WCVB (@LokayWCVB) April 19, 2013



Keeping the pressure on. Constant reinforcements coming in. Another bus of SWAT rejoining Watertown.

— Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyTV) April 19, 2013



Military back up for another low flying search of Watertown area.

— Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyTV) April 19, 2013



@wbur Surreal feeling watering my indoor plants (all succulents and palms) while scanning my front yard for a terrorist. #watertown

— Jonathan Peck (@JonEfremPeck) April 19, 2013



Appears to be black hawk helicopter hovering over us in #Watertown.

— susantran (@susantran) April 19, 2013



154 Dexter Ave #watertown used to me my home, but these tank filled streets are foreign to me.…

— Tay Mat (@TayBaeBay) April 19, 2013



Comm Ave headed towards Kenmore Square.…

— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) April 19, 2013



Yarmouth and Dennis Police rolling into town. Cape PDs assisting with enormous search.

— Sean Kelly (@SeanKellyTV) April 19, 2013



Evacuated for the 2nd time out of a house on oak st. Laurel st. is still off limits #mitshooting #mit #Boston…

— Andrew Kitzenberg (@AKitz) April 19, 2013



Just after 9am and Watertown still looks like this. High alert and tense for last 7+ hrs.… #Boston #WaterTown

— Anonymous (@CIApressoffice) April 19, 2013



IMPORTANT! #Watertown Don't tweet names of streets or live tweet police actions. Suspect may hve mobile access and definitely has explosives

— LouKY Anon (@louky_anon) April 19, 2013