Boston’s Night on Twitter

The hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers started in earnest on Thursday after the FBI released photos and videos of two suspects. From college campuses to the Boston police, social media was a major for vehicle for news updates, warnings and alerts.

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The hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers started in earnest on Thursday after the FBI released photos and videos of two suspects, later identified as Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. From college campuses to the Boston police, social media was a major for vehicle for news updates, warnings and alerts.

April 18, 2013

5:24 p.m.: Investigators release photos and videos of the two suspects and ask for help in identifying them.

April 19, 2013

1:32 a.m.: MIT tells students to remain indoors.

1:57 a.m.: MIT determines a suspected shooter is no longer on campus.

2:14 a.m.: MIT confirms that an officer died during the shooting.

2:16 a.m.: Boston Police report an ‘active incident’  in Watertown.

2:29 a.m.: The FBI releases new photos of suspects.

3:36 a.m.: Massachusetts State Police tells Watertown residents to stay in their homes.

5:40 a.m.: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) suspends all activity.

8:16 a.m.: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick tells Boston area residents to stay inside.

9:02 a.m.: Massachusetts State Police asks media to refrain from broadcasting information that could compromise officer safety.

9:58 a.m.: Northeastern asks students to shelter in place.

10:16 a.m.: MIT identifies the victim from Thursday night’s shooting as 26-year-old Patrol Ofc. Sean A. Collier.

10:22 a.m.: Boston Police Department report they are seeking MA license plate: 316-ES9, a ‘99 gray Honda CRV.

10:30 a.m.: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth evacuates students.

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