Boston and America remembered the tragedy that struck the marathon finish line exactly one year ago today, and now a new threat has police scrambling.
According to multiple local news reports, a lone backpack was seen sitting near the finish line:
#BREAKING: Police confirm suspicious package near finish line of Boston Marathon. pic.twitter.com/9vjI8JIbLp
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) April 15, 2014
Breaking: Area near Boston Marathon Finish Line evacuated after backpack left unattended https://t.co/eAsZImNeIf pic.twitter.com/M6sfh62FYK
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) April 15, 2014
Boston Police have asked the public to avoid the area, and have the bomb squad on scene:
Public Safety Alert: #BPD asking pedestrians & motorists to avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line.
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) April 15, 2014
The #Boston PD Bomb Squad is suiting up to check out a suspicious backpack left near the marathon finish line. pic.twitter.com/uCeZfpT7eQ
— David Meyers (@davidfmeyers) April 15, 2014
CBS Boston reports the alleged man seen carrying the backpack:
“WBZ-TV photographers on scene say they saw a man with the backpack screaming “Boston Strong” before police cleared everyone from the area.”
Eyewitnesses report he was wearing a long black veil, but it’s currently unclear whether the man was taken into custody.
Boston police are still investigating the situation, and as a safety precaution, have also closed off Copley Square station.
#MBTA Green line trains by passing Copley station due to @bostonpolice investigation #Boston
— MBTA Transit Police (@MBTATransitPD) April 15, 2014
Photo credit: Mark Wood