Crime & Justice

Man arrested, 2 backpacks detonated at Boston Marathon (updated)

Family members, friends and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing walk to the finish line after a remembrance ceremony on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The area was evacuated Tuesday when two unattended backpacks were found near the finish line.
Family members, friends and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing walk to the finish line after a remembrance ceremony on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The area was evacuated Tuesday when two unattended backpacks were found near the finish line.
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Update 6:30 p.m. Boston Police say they've taken a man into custody in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line, the Associated Press reported. 

The Boston Bomb Squad inspected the bag behind the photo bridge and detonated it just before 9 p.m., WBZ-TV reported. The second bag has also been detonated. No word on the contents of the bag.

WBZ-TV tweeted the following:

Earlier: Two unattended backpacks left near the finish line of the Boston Marathon prompted police to evacuate the area Tuesday, CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV reports. 

WBZ-TV tweeted the following photo:

Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, according to the Associated Press, and WBZ-TV said the Bomb Squad has arrived on scene. 

Police have cleared the area and trains are bypassing the nearby Copley Square station, said AP.

The police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area while the bomb squad investigates.

The evacuation comes on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 260 people. This year's marathon is scheduled for April 21. 

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Tributes and ceremonies in honor of the victims were held in Boston Tuesday.

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