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Quiet city turned to war zone after Marathon bombings

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Before the Boston Marathon bombings, many outside Massachusetts had never heard of Watertown. One of the accused terrorists was captured in the city, the other killed.

There are no plaques or markers on Laurel Street, bullet holes are the only thing left.

On April 19, 2013 shortly before 1 a.m., Teresa Phipps was home, locked down with her husband following the manhunt for the Boston bombers on the television.

"I remember it all like it was yesterday, I was in my bedroom upstairs," she said.

All of a sudden, engines raced and brakes squealed right outside her door. The accused bombers had just shot and killed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier a few miles away in Cambridge, and were trying to get out of town.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was driving one car and his older brother Tamerlan was following close behind in a stolen Mercedes. A Watertown police officer spotted them, and began to follow, at the corner of Dexter and Laurel. Then, disaster broke.

Some 250 rounds were exchanged and the fugitives had guns and bombs.

Authorities say the Tsarnaev brothers exploded pipe bombs and a pressure cooker bomb, similar to the one used at the marathon.

The battle lasted 12 minutes. When it ended, Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue was critically injured and Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed. Police say his younger brother, Dzhokhar, ran him over while making a getaway. Dzhokhar escaped that night, but he wouldn't escape the next.

Eighteen hours after that surreal gun battle on Laurel Street, another Watertown neighborhood would become the center of the universe. Dzhokhar was found hiding in a boat behind 67 Franklin St., just five blocks away from Laurel.

There would be more gunfire and explosions during the high stakes take down.

"I don't think it will go away ever, it will be there in the background it was that intense," a man who lived in the neighborhood said.

News of the capture in Watertown echoed all over Greater Boston, and the world. Nearly a year later, Watertown still draws the curious.

Back on Laurel Street, Phipps keeps a reminder, a small dent from a bullet that struck her car. Instead of having it fixed, she had it preserved.

"That's history right there, that's history I'm going to hang on to that if I get rid of the car I think I will have the piece removed just so I can hang on to it," she said.

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