FBI returns bombing scene to Boston officials
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Federal investigators formally released the Boston Marathon finish line bombing crime scene to the city.
A brief ceremony at 5 p.m. Monday on Boylston Street was attended by state and federal officials.
On what is now sacred ground, in front of Boston's Public Library, across the street from where the first bomb exploded, the American flag that has flown at half staff since last Monday was lowered.
The flag presented with dignity and respect to Mayor Tom Menino. Everyone's hearts heavy. A somber end to an intense week Police Commissioner Ed Davis said was filled with highs and lows.
“The bottom line is we've got them, they're either captured or dead and that's the way we have to deal with this type of situation. We try to stop them all. We are so sympathetic to anyone injured or killed in this attack,” said Commissioner Ed Davis.
Boylston Street symbolically handed back over to the city. The police work on site is done but the scars are still so deep. The windows at Marathon Sports and Lens Crafters are still blown out and a single bouquet of flowers was laid out on the sidewalk. Soon, Boylston will be filled with people again and some people who stopped by the memorial say that it's time.
“You need to get life back up and running…life is for the living,” said Jamie Gunn.
“They will be back walking up and down the street and the terrorists will know, they cannot keep us down,” said Commissioner Ed Davis.
A five-step process announced Sunday will include environmental testing, debris removal and assessing the safety of buildings in the area.
Investigators have been painstakingly collecting evidence at the scene since the attack.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.