Glendale native says 'sense of normalcy' returns to Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, MA (WITI) -- Tense moments turned to relief as the nation watched a manhunt playout on televisions and the internet.

While many watched from afar in the comforts of their homes, Glendale native Stevie Steiner was just a few miles away.

"Finally some assurance, some relief and some closure perhaps to this chapter," Steiner said.

He was part of a Boston-area lockdown while a massive manhunt for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev was underway.  He saw his lively community paralyzed.

"It was like out of a movie," he said.  "It was really bizarre."

After the Boston bombing suspect was arrested, Steiner saw celebrations in the streets.

"This was sort of a community-wide event we had been struggling with together and now finally feeling a sense of a return to normalcy," he said.

Now, he says the Boston area and the nation need to find answers to find some conclusion to the tragedy.

"It's going to be very much about reflection, figuring out why this happened and figuring out a strategy to prevent it from happening again that doesn't limit our freedom as Americans," he said.