A shelter-in-place order on Boylston Street has been lifted and a 25-year-old Boston man is facing charges after police executed a controlled detonation of two suspicious bags left near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, on the one-year anniversary of last year’s Boston Marathon bmobings, police said two backpacks had been found in the area and immediately ordered people to evacuate. Authorities said the backpacks were tied to a man who goes by Kayvon Edson. Edson was captured in several videos marching down Boylston Street in a black veil, wearing a backpack, and chanting “Boston strong.”
Edson was taken into custody and will be charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device, NECN reported. While police used controlled detonations on both bags, authorities said that does not mean they contained any explosives. The detonations were used as a precautionary measure.
We updated the story as it developed. Those updates, including pictures and video from the scene, can be found below.
The suspect has been identified as Kayvon Edson, according to tweets from WBZ-TV’s Peter Wilson. He also tweeted that the backpack found at the scene contained a rice cooker full of confetti.
Two backpacks left at the Boston Marathon finish line were detonated during controlled explosions, one just before 9 p.m. Tuesday the other 40 minutes later.
The scene was evacuated two hours earlier when a man wearing a large veil over his head and no shoes yelling “Boston Strong” ran toward the finish line.
According to police the suspect, a white male in his early 20s, was arrested at the scene. That’s when he said he had a rice cooker device in his backpack and dropped it.
The man will be charged with possessing a hoax device, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct
“With the marathon coming we are taking this serious. Our officers have been trained in looking for any kind of suspicious activity and when it is brought to their attention or they notice it, they act upon it,” Boston Police Sgt. Randall Halstead said.
Police say a second backpack was found at the scene and also detonated, however it is not clear if they are connected.
The MBTA Green Line was temporarily shut down in the Copley Square area during the detonation.