It has been reported that Boston police have emptied the area surrounding the Boston Marathon finish line in order to be able to investigate two unattended backpacks. A Boston police spokesperson stated that the two bags were found around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday evening.
The authorities cleared the area and the MBTA trains were rerouted to the nearby Copley Square station. In an official police statement, the department instructed individuals to stay away from the area while the bomb squad was doing its investigation.
The bombs that went off near the finish line region a year ago were also left inside two different backpacks. Boston police stated they have a man in custody after the two bags were discovered. Various witnesses were told to leave the area after they reported seeing him allegedly drop the backpacks near the finish line and he then began marching up the street yelling out the words “Boston Strong!”
This happening occurred just one year after three individuals were killed and 264 were hurt when bombs inside of backpacks blown up close to the finish line. This was the most deadly terror attack to occur on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
This year there were no backpacks or any type of bags allowed near either the start or finish lines and runners that were unregistered were also banned as part of heightened security measures this year
They were also prohibited along any part of the course, the Boston Athletic Association told the public. They also stated that clear plastic bags would be provided in which runners would be able to place all their belongings. Runners were permitted to wear fuel belts, but there were restrictions on costumes that some liked to wear.
No one was permitted to cover his or her face and no bulky clothing was allowed. There were over 3500 police officers assigned to patrol the area this year around the Boston Marathon, which was over double the amount sent out last year. The bigger level of security also meant the presence of more undercover police within the crowd.
One of the backpack was allegedly left close to the bridge located on Boylston Street. That area was closed between the regions of Dartmouth and Fairfield streets.
The supposed man who left the two bags was said to be barefoot, wore a black veil and was acting very oddly. The police stated he was taken into custody. The Boston Bomb Squad inspected the bags but it is unknown what was found inside them at the present time.
It was earlier on Tuesday that Joe Biden, Vice President of the U.S., joined up with some of the survivors, and also with the families of the victims for a minute of silence at 2:49 p.m. That was the exact time the bombs went off last year.
One of the backpacks was discovered only a few minutes after the Norden brothers, who survived the attack last year, completed a relay walk that was located on 26.2 mile course. The Boston police emptied the area surrounding the Boston Marathon finish line in order to be able to investigate the two unattended backpacks. They were found around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday evening.
By Kimberly Ruble