PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - Prior the arrest of the second suspect wanted for the Boston marathon bombings, a couple from Pensacola was hunkered down in their home less than a mile from the Watertown, Massachusetts manhunt.
Mallory Heath and Brian Claggett are residents of Cambridge. The Booker T. Washington High School graduates live off Massachusetts Avenue between Central and Harvard Square.
Around 5 p.m. city and state officials lifted the lockdown and the couple went down to a local pub nearby.
But their mini-vacation from a week of terror would be short-lived.
"Everyone was being super friendly and we were all talking, and all of the sudden ambulances and police vehicles started flying down [Massachusetts Avenue]," Mallory Heath said. 'We all kind of ducked inside, they flipped the TVs on, and everyone is just kind of standing around, looking at it in shock."
"I think everyone collectively dropped," Heath added. "Almost immediately we knew something was going down. My mom started texting me immediately with, ‘Where are you? Do you have a TV on?' It was pretty rapid; the mood changed."
The couple had been awake since 4 a.m. after hearing of shots fired at MIT.
Hours later, locked down in their home, things weren't any quieter, or calmer.
"You can hear the sirens. They've been kind of going since early [Friday] morning," Heath said. "It's eerie; I think unsettled is probably a better word than scared."
Heath said she was shocked to hear the news at the marathon.
"We've both fallen in love with Boston, fallen in love with New England. We kind of think of ourselves as this big city that feels like a small town," Heath said. "For something like what happened such a joyous event the Boston Marathon to happen and then how it's spiraled into this regional manhunt- it has been a surreal week."
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