Hoax? Boston police evacuate marathon finish line, detonate suspicious device
The Boston Police Department's bomb squad was sent to check the bags, and officers cleared the area around the marathon's finish line - at Boylston and Dartmouth Streets - at around 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday, according to local news outlets.
Police "disrupted" two of the bags for "precautionary reasons." At around 9 p.m., a bomb squad using a robot inspected and conducted a controlled detonation of a bag, a routine measure, according to reports. An additional detonation reportedly occurred at around 9:35 p.m.
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A barefoot man wearing a black veil over his head yelling “Boston Strong” was wearing a large backpack at the scene before the area was cleared, according to reports. The man has been identified as Kayvon Edson, Boston's CBS affiliate WBZ-TV reported.
Witnesses say Edson left a bag at the finish line before running off. He was later taken into police custody.
Edson has been charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device, according to WBZ’s Steven Bognar.
The second suspicious bag near the finish line belonged to a media outlet, according to CNN. Both bags were cleared by police.
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Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of the bombings at the 2013 marathon which killed three people and injured around 264 others. The 2014 Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 21.