Gbagbo arrest: Relief - for now
First we heard the car horns, then the cheering. Before long, thousands of people were flooding onto the streets, singing: "Gbagbo is gone," and waving at passing vehicles.
Many then rushed into roadside bars to try to catch a glimpse of the drama on television.
Former President Laurent Gbagbo looked tired but surprisingly relaxed to me, even in his undershirt. But it's hard to tell from silent TV footage. This wasn't a "dignified exit" by any analysis, but it could have been a lot worse.
"The head of the snake has been cut off," said one soldier loyal to elected President Alassane Ouattara. "Gbagbo's militia will simply vanish now. The war is over."
"It's great," said another man. "We are just so happy, and so relieved. The war is finished now."
Is it? Much, I suspect, will depend on how Mr Ouattara handles the next few days, and what signals he sends regarding the treatment of both Mr Gbagbo and his armed supporters.
Troops now consolidating their hold on Abidjan will need to act forcefully to ensure there is not a rash of reprisal killings.
Credit for the actual arrest of Mr Gbagbo is, inevitably, being keenly claimed by Ouattara's forces. The UN and French will no doubt be eager to play down their own roles, but the video footage tells a different story, and they will struggle to convince Mr Gbagbo's most ardent supporters that this wasn't some Western plot.
Still, the general mood as far as I can judge it now, is one of widespread relief.
Let's see how long that lasts.