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In the hours after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured a crowd of several hundred gathered on Mt Auburn Street close to where he was found.

They broke into spontaneous chants of “USA USA USA” and pumped fists in the air. There was applause, screaming and whistling each time a police car left the scene and the biggest cheer was reserved for the FBI. Members of a Swat team were mobbed.

A group of Harley Davidson motorbike riders brought a sound system and played Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline at full blast with the whole crowd joining in, some of them waving US flags.

One man, with his baby daughter on his shoulders, said: “We are safe and it feels great to say USA USA.” A police officer said: “It was a job well done by all. Awesome.”

A cloud of fear had loomed over Watertown since marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a battle with police on Thursday night

His younger brother Dzhokhar escaped and had been on the loose for a day during which residents were confined to their homes.

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