Backpacks detonated near Boston 2014 finish line

2014-04-16 08:16
A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. (Michael Dwyer, AP)

A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. (Michael Dwyer, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Boston - Police detonated two backpacks near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Tuesday night and arrested a suspect on the anniversary of last year's deadly bombings, media reported.

Hundreds of people were evacuated after the backpacks were found at the scene of the twin bombings that killed three people exactly a year ago.

The Boston Police Department wrote on its official Twitter account that a male suspect had been taken into custody in connection with the unattended backpacks.

Later, the backpacks were detonated as a precautionary measure, said Boston police Superintendent Randall Halstead during a briefing.

The suspect, identified as Kevin Edson, aged 25, was walking barefoot down the middle of Boylston Street just before 19:00, the Boston Globe reported.

Halstead said the man was dressed in black, carrying a knapsack and acting strangely but he did not give details of his behaviour.

Bag 'rendered safe'

Edson told an officer that he had a rice cooker in the bag, at which time he was arrested and the bomb squad was called in, said Halstead.

He said the bag was "rendered safe" by the bomb squad, and another bag located near the scene was also detonated in the same way.

The Globe said Halstead did not say what, if anything, police found in either bag, except to say there were "pieces" in the suspect's bag that may verify what he said about the rice cooker.

Halstead said police were investigating who owned the second bag.

This year's marathon takes place on Monday.

Edson is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Wednesday on charges of threatening battery, possession of a hoax device, threat to commit a crime, disturbing the peace, disturbing a public assembly, and disorderly conduct, police said, according to the Globe.

A witness told AFP that the suspect insisted that he was a university student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, according to the witness.

Boston earlier paid solemn tribute to the victims and survivors of the 15 April 2013 marathon bombings, observing a moment of silence and raising the US flag exactly one year after the attacks.

Read more on:    us  |  boston bombings
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power dominates and can help you to uncover things from a deeper level, but it can also create entanglements if you let your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.