Boston Marathon Finish Line Evacuated Due to Unattended Backpacks


Following today’s one-year anniversary memorial events for the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, police evacuated the area surrounding the marathon finish line Tuesday evening after a barefoot man wearing a long black veil and chanting “Boston Strong” dropped a backpack on the ground in the area.

Reporters in the area tweeted photos of the scene:

The Boston Police Department confirmed the situation as well:

Sarah French, a reporter for WHDH in Boston, posted an video of the man who dropped the backpack on Instagram:

UPDATE (8:25pm ET): Boston police confirmed they have a man in custody in connection with unattended backpacks:

UPDATE (8:40pm ET): Police reportedly detonated the suspicious bag(s) near Boylston Street:

UPDATE (8:50pm ET): The NECN Twitter account posted this photo of the suspect in police custody:

UPDATE (10:10pm ET): WBZ is reporting a source who says the suspect told police he had a rice cooker in the bag he placed at finish line. The bombs that killed three people at last year’s Boston Marathon were constructed using pressure cookers. Police have detonated the bags, but so far there is no evidence that they did contain explosives.

We will continue to update this post with more information as it becomes available.

[photos via Twitter]

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