A man has been charged after he allegedly left at least one of two unattended bags at the finish line of the Boston Marathon after a ceremony marking the first anniversary of bombings which killed three and people injured more than 200 others.
CBS Boston reports the man has been identified as Kayvon Edson. He has been charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device.
A source told WBZ-TV that when Edson was stopped by police, he told them he had a rice cooker in his bag’’ which was full of confetti, CBS reports.The Bomb Squad inspected both of the bags and detonated them.
Survivors, families of victims, officials, first responders and guests pause as the flag is raised at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Photo: AP
The Boston Police Department have asked pedestrians and motorists to avoid the area “in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line” while a street and a subway line has been closed.
CBS reported that WBZ-TV photographers on scene saw a person with the backpack screaming “Boston strong” before police cleared everyone from the area.
Witnesses say the person was barefoot and wearing a long black veil, CBS said.
Hundreds of people attended the tribute including the survivors of last year’s bombings, rescuers and public officials at the nearby Hynes Convention Center.
The ceremony begins a week-long schedule of commemorations to remember the tragic event on April 15, 2013 when two homemade bombs were detonated as runners finished the annual race wounding more than 260 people.
The families of the three people killed in the blasts also attended the ceremony along with US Vice-President Joe Biden.
"You are living proof that America can never, never, never be defeated," he said.
"You're here. You're undeterred, and you're unyielding."
The program was followed by a flag-raising ceremony and a moment of silence at the marathon finish line on Boylston Street at 2:49 pm local time, the same time the bombs exploded a year ago.
The week will culminate with the marathon now in its 118th year, and involve 35,660 runners, about 9000 more than last year.