TODAY | April 20, 2013
>> in the middle of the night when i was out perhaps when i was in college, never did i see the streets of boston so empty. there was not a soul on the street except for reporters or law enforcement trying to get somewhere . once the order was lifted, it started to trickle out. you saw celebration in the streets. they broke into "the star-spangled banner" at one point thanking every officer they saw. trying to get back to normal this morning after the citywide shutdown and as we get a better sense of what that was like.
>> katie has more on that now. good morning.
>> reporter: about a million people ordered to stay inside to lock their doors. boston and its surrounding suburbs were virtually under under siege. a lockdown in the suburbs a shelter in place order in the city.
>> we're asking people to shelter in place. in other words to stay indoors where their doors locked and not to open the door for anyone other than a properly identified law enforcement officer .
>> reporter: it was early friday morning when dzhokhar tsarnaev escaped a police shootout in watertown forcing officials to shut down a 20 block radius and demand residents stay indoors for their own safety.
>> i have never seen it this way. even latest hours of night it's never this quiet.
>> reporter: a mandate that extended to the greater metropolitan area as tsarnaev remained at large.
>> the watch words be careful, be vigilant, call police if you see anything and just be prepared for anything.
>> we can't believe it. when we woke up this morning how quiet. there was nobody on the streets. everything is closed.
>> reporter: boston commons empty. mass transit frozen. fenway park deserted. it was a city on edge.
>> whose truck is this?
>> reporter: a coffee shop owner stood on the street looking for customers. by 10:00 , he served five people. normally that number would be 200.
>> a whole day of revenue. it's the safety of the people, that's more important than a few hundred dollars.
>> reporter: one young man in a baseball hat holding nearly a million captive.