As the news broke late Sunday night that al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden had been killed and that the United States had the terrorist leader's body, people took to Twitter and Facebook with their immediate reactions.
Here is what some Howard County residents are saying. You can add your comments below.
Michele Malley Shultz (via Facebook)
"As a family personally touched by the tragedy on 911, this brings a closure that has been long needed. Thank you isn't enough to all of our US Military forces and government for who never gave up!"
Ken Ulman, Howard County Executive (via Twitter)
"Almost ten years. Let's hope and pray democracy takes hold around the world!"
Melissa Barbagallo Davis (via Facebook)
"I think he probably has hundreds of people ready to take his place, unfortunately."
Byron MacFarlane, Howard County Register of Wills (via Twitter)
“Justice for thousands of victims' families.”
Liz Lynn Perraud (via Facebook)
"Relief! But concerns for retaliation too"
Allan Kittleman, State Senator, District 9 (via Twitter)
"Great News! Bin Laden is killed by US troops!!"
Amber Rhoton McCann (via Facebook)
"The psychological impact on this country will be huge."
Genabee McGoogle (via Facebook)
"I hope we are ready for the kooks who will be out for revenge...."
Maryanne Janet Mento (via Facebook)
Linda Lee Hickerson (via Facebook)