Suspect in custody after suspicious backpacks found at Boston Marathon finish line

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BOSTON — Hours after Tuesday’s anniversary event, police bomb squad investigators were checking out two backpacks near the Boston Marathon finish line and using a robot to make sure one of the bags was safe.

The other bag had been cleared, Boston Police spokesman Mike McCarthy said, although it was not clear which of the two bags was still under scrutiny.

At about 6:50 p.m., two bags were found, he said. One bag was unattended, he said, while the other one was worn by an individual.

“They came across an individual. He’s the one we’re the most concerned about right now. He was walking down the street. He got very vocal. He was yelling something,” McCarthy said.

Police officers confronted him, escorted him from the area and cordoned off the area. The man was taken into custody for questioning, McCarthy said.

“It appears as though he has some problems,” McCarthy said. “He’s an emotionally disturbed person. They’re interviewing him now.”

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency was at the scene assisting police.

Earlier Tuesday, police responded to a report of a possible pipe bomb near Boston’s South Station. Investigators determined it wasn’t an explosive, but rather a high-voltage fuse that didn’t pose a threat, state officials said.

Authorities seemed to be bracing for the possibility of more bomb scares.

“To ease fears & concerns relating to backpacks,” Boston Police said in a Twitter post Tuesday night that they were “discouraging their use” at this years marathon.

10 comments

  • FaithC

    If his is someone’s idea of a joke it is beyond NOT funny.

    If it is bomb, I am glad they found it before it went off.

    I truly hope somebody just forgot their backpack and it contains nothing but workout clothes.

    We will see.

  • ashley

    since they detonated the backpacks i guess we’ll never find out if they were bombs or just random backpacks, right?

  • D Paul

    The Boston police continue to do a great job. However, you have to take events with “a grain of salt”. After 9-11, I remember reading in a New York paper that a van filled with explosives was found and disabled under the Brooklyn Bridge. The idea was that people being evacuated would be pushed across the bridge into another waiting explosion. Unless, there is a death, the media will be censored. It is always convenient to label terrosits as “mentally deficient” or shooting “from the grassy knoll”. Obviously, this was a serious situation and a media blackout was put into place. You will never be able to find out exactly what happened.

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