Update 11:55 p.m. EDT: Local police have arrested a man in connection with the finding of two backpacks near the Boston Marathon finish line, USA Today reported, citing authorities, adding that subsequent police reports indicated the arrested man owned only one of the backpacks. 

The report added that one of the backpacks contained a rice cooker but authorities would not disclose the contents of the second bag.

According to a CBS News report, the rice cooker in the bag was filled with confetti and 25-year-old Kayvon Edson, who was carrying the bag was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device. The CBS report added, citing a source, that the second bag may have contained photography equipment.

UPDATE 9:10 p.m. WHDH-TV reporter Ryan Schulteis says a bomb squad has detonated the package. 


UPDATE 8:54 p.m.


UPDATE 8:38 p.m.  Boston police have confirmed one male suspect has been taken into custody in connection to the unattended backpack left at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 

Boston police have evacuated an area near the finish line of next week's Boston Marathon after two backpacks were left unattended at the finish line. The incident occurred after the city marked the anniversary of last year's bombing.

Witnessess on the scene say they saw a barefoot man with a backpack run down the street screaming “Boston Strong.” According to Boston’s WBZ-TV, the man was wearing a long black veil and was acting oddly. WHDH says its reporters at the scene said the man was removed by authorities. Police tape has since been put around the photo bridge on Boylston Street, where the 26-mile course ends.

A video said to be of the man has been uploaded to Instagram.

Boston’s WBZ-TV reports several of the station’s new photographers saw the man and WHDH reporter Ryan Schulteis tweeted his view of the incident.















Police have confirmed they are now investigating the backpacks. 

UPDATE 8:38 p.m. 

Boston police confirm 1 male suspect in custody in connection to unattended backpack at Boston Marathon finish line - @bostonpolice