ALBANY, Ga -- After news broke Sunday evening that a U.S. Navy SEAL team had dropped into a fortified compound in Pakistan and killed al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, spontaneous parties broke out in cities all over America.
The world's most wanted man, the mastermind behind the 9-11 terror attacks, was dead.
Southwest Georgians reacted much like the rest of the nation in expressing their feelings that justice had finally been served.
The Albany Herald asked people on the street: What did you think when you first heard bin Laden was dead, and do you think America is safer because of his demise?
Neil Thompson, Lee County:
"I was shocked, totally surprised. I was watching the Chandra Levy Story on NBC when they flipped to special coverage. I want to think it's a good thing, but I don't think it makes us safer. This doesn't change a thing with al-Qaida; they'll just replace him.
"I think people are happy we got him because of 9-11."
"My first thought was 'Oh, my God!' I was smiling because they finally got him. With all the craziness in the world, I pray that those people come to their senses."
"I was happy we got him. But my heart still goes out to the (9-11) families because his death won't bring their loved ones back. But maybe they'll have some peace. I don't know if we will be any safer; I think we still need to be vigilant regardless."
Shaun Dover, Lee County:
"I thought it was a good thing. I hope it was really him, but we don't know if it really is."
Arthur Lee Jones, Albany:
"I think it was retribution, pure and simple. The time and opportunity presented itself, and I can understand it but can't agree with it because in a sense I am a conscientious objector.
"I don't know if we are safer because 9-11 could happen again."
William Ceoux, Albany:
"I heard about it this morning. They were looking for him and finally got him. I think we are safer because he was their leader and a major player in terror. It could stop some future plans from happening."
-- Julie Lail, Lee County
"My first reaction was 'Way to go, Navy SEALs!' But I don't know if we are any safer because there are 50 more behind ready to replace him. I think things will stay the same. No difference."
-- Andy Johnson, Albany
"I thought it was about time; it sure took long enough to get him. I was glad. I don't know if it makes America safer, but it is retribution for what he did to us."
-- Spencer Lee, Albany
"While I am happy to some extent that justice has been served, we still have a lot more work to do. This is another good beginning for us. I'd like to congratulate the Bush and Obama administrations for their coordinated efforts over the past 10 years."
-- Alex Hall, Albany
"Justice has been served. I just think of all the people he killed. I don't know if we'll be safer; you know there will be repercussions afterward."
-- Bert Martin, Albany
"It's about time they got him. I'd been waiting on the day. I knew it was coming, I just didn't know when.
"I definitely think we are safer because we sure don't need people like him in the world."