Boise man in Boston lockdown: 'It's pretty tense'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- A Boise man attending Boston College now found himself in the thick of the massive manhunt lockdown while his family in Idaho waited nervously.

Late Friday afternoon, authorities in the Boston area lifted the stay-indoors order they had issued in the search for the marathon bombing suspect.

Since the early morning hours of Friday, Derrick Harris, 25,had remained in his locked Newton, Mass. residence while the manhunt for the marathon bomber suspect unfolds around him.

"It's pretty tense, we're pretty worried," Harris told KBOI News in a telephone interview Friday morning. "We're hanging in there. We feel a little safer out here. But it's still tense. He could be anywhere."

Harris, a political science and philosophy student, lives in Newton, about seven miles west of downtown Boston, one of the areas where police have told residents to lock their doors and stay inside.

Back in Boise, Derrick's father, Chris, waited nervously.

"It's kind of scary because you don't know what he's prepared for," Chris Harris said. "This lockdown could last five minutes or a week. They're looking for somebody who is dangerous. We texted back and forth to make sure we're updated. That's all you can do. You're helpless from Boise to Massachusetts, you're helpless."

And helplessness seems to be a common emotion throughout the country during this disturbing week.