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Boston police detonate 2 backpacks left at marathon finish line

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Police in Boston arrested a man in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered at about 7 p.m., a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people.

Both backpacks were detonated after being inspected by a robot sent in by the Boston PD bomb squad.

A rice cooker was found in one of the bags, according to police. It is not clear what was in the second bag.

Trains were bypassing the nearby Copley Square station. The police department tweeted asking people to avoid the area.

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in last year's Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes. Former Mayor Thomas Menino spoke at the nearby Hynes Convention Center.

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