Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

BOSTON (WWLP/AP) – Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them.

Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device.

Police Superintendent Randall Halstead says the man was stopped Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously. He says the man dropped the backpack.

Halstead says the man also faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

Boston Police cleared out the area around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday after getting reports of a man allegedly wearing a large veil over his head and no shoes yelling “Boston Strong” ran toward the finish line, WHDH.com reports.

22News reporter Yoojin Cho was in Boston when she heard a loud noise of the bags being detonated by the Boston bomb squad. A robot was being used to investigate the backpacks.

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The backpack was blown up by the bomb squad as a precaution as was a second unattended backpack found nearby. Halstead won’t say what was in the second backpack or who owned it. He says police are investigating.

Boston Police issued a public safety alert on their Twitter account to alert people who are in the area. They are asking pedestrians and motorists to avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon finish line.

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in last year’s Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes. Former Mayor Thomas Menino spoke at the nearby Hynes Convention Center.

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