The one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon took place yesterday, and shortly after the ceremonies ended, two backpacks in the vicinity of the finish line raised concerns from police. They had the neighborhood evacuated.
The bomb squad was called in by the Boston Police Department, and they performed what is known as a “controlled disruption” of the backpacks, according to police department spokesman David Estrada.
Estrada said that police had arrested Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, who is the owner of the backpacks, although police reports later indicated that the man owned only one of them. Police charged him with disturbing the peace, possession of a hoax device, and disorderly conduct.
Police say that one of the backpacks contained a rice cooker.
Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said that an officer had noticed Edson behaving suspiciously and stopped him. Edson then dropped his backpack. Halstead won’t say who is the owner of the second backpack or what was inside it.
The incident took place at about 6:50 p.m., which was around the time spectators were celebrating brothers J.P. and Paul Norden, both of whom lost legs after the 2013 bombing. They walked the entire 26.2-mile marathon course on Tuesday. Runners Shaun Steele and Christy Zuroweste said that they had just witnessed the brothers crossing the finish line “when they overheard a voice on a police offer’s radio say something about a backpack.” The neighborhood was still cordoned off at approximately 10 p.m yesterday.
“They sounded frantic,” said Zuroweste, 37, of the voice on the police radio. “It was like a distressed kind of thing.”
All of a sudden, the police started telling people to flee from the area.
“They were just like, ‘Get off the street. Get out, go. You’ve got to go right now,’ ” said Steele, 42.
Edson is scheduled to be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court. His mom says that he has bipolar disorder.