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  • 16 April 2014, 11:09

Bomb Scare On Boston Attack Anniversary

Two unattended bags have been destroyed near the finish line of the Boston marathon - just a year after three people were killed by a pair of bombs.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the incident, which saw saw hundreds of people evacuated.

The suspect had a rice cooker in his backpack and has been charged with possessing a hoax device.

Reports said the rice cooker was filled with confetti, but the incident rattled nerves just days ahead of this year's marathon.

"With the marathon coming, our officers are taking it seriously," Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said.

"The safety of the public is utmost."

Mr Halstead said the man was stopped by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously, and then the man dropped the bag.

The suspect also faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

Police have not said what was in the second backpack or who owned it, but they are continuing to investigate.

People were told to avoid the area and trains bypassed the nearby Copley Square station.

The scare came just hours after relatives took part in ceremonies marking the first anniversary of the deadly attack, which left more than 260 people injured.

The families of the three people killed, along with relatives of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was killed days later in a shoot-out with the suspects, attended the ceremonies.

Vice President Joe Biden and other dignitaries also participated in a day of tributes.

A total of 36,000 runners are scheduled to take part in the 2014 marathon on Monday.