Authorities Detonate Backpacks Left Near Boston Marathon Finish Line

ackpack left unattended on Boylston Street. (WBZ-TV)
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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Police say one man is in custody in connection with two unattended backpacks that prompted evacuation of the Boston Marathon finish line area Tuesday night.

Police tape was put up around the photo bridge on Boylston Street. Loud explosions were reported when a bomb squad detonated the backpacks at the scene just before 9pm ET.

Sources tell WBZ-TV in Boston that the suspect told police he had a rice cooker in his backpack. The source says the rice cooker in the bag was filled with confetti. The second bag reportedly contained camera equipment.

Boston police said the backpacks were "disrupted for precautionary reasons."

WBZ-TV photographers on scene say they saw the suspect with the backpack screaming “Boston Strong” before police cleared everyone from the area. Witnesses say the person was barefoot, wearing a long black veil and was acting strange.

The suspect is identified as Kayvon Edson. Edson is charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device.

Copley Station on the Green Line was closed while police investigated the bags.

One year ago, three people died, and more than 260 people were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon. Earlier in the day, Vice President Joe Biden joined survivors, and victim’s families for a moment of silence at 2:49 pm ET, the same time the bombs exploded a year ago.