NEW YORK (AP) — Joyous at the release of a decade's frustration, Americans streamed to the site of the World Trade Center, the gates of the White House and smaller but no less jubilant gatherings across the nation to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden — cheering, waving flags and belting the national anthem.
FDNY firefighter Scott Hickey, left, and a fellow firefighter who did not give his name, sit in a fire truck parked in New York's Times Square as a crowd gathers in reaction to the news of Osama Bin Laden's death early Monday morning May 2, 2011. A plaque with names of Ladder 4 firefighters who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, the house that Hickey belongs to, is seen on the side of the truck. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Dustin Fredrickson, of New York, center, holds up an American flag as he stands on a fire truck amongst those gathered in New York's Times Square reacting to the news of Osama Bin Laden's death early Monday morning May 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the south tower begins to collapse as smoke billows from both towers of the World Trade Center, in New York. Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday, May 2, 2011 in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade. (AP Photo/Jim Collins, File)
With the new One World Trade Center building in the background, second left, a large, jubilant crowd reacts to the news of Osama BIN Laden's death at the corner of Church and Vesey Streets, adjacent to ground zero, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 2, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)