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Man Charged with Hoax near Boston Marathon Finish Line

Updated: 04/15/2014 10:52 PM
Created: 04/15/2014 6:29 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device.
    
Police Superintendent Randall Halstead says the man was stopped Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously. He says the man dropped the backpack.
    
Halstead says the man also faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.
    
The backpack was blown up by the bomb squad as a precaution as was a second unattended backpack found nearby. Halstead won't say what was in the second backpack or who owned it. He says police are investigating.
    
The backpacks rattled nerves on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which two pressure cooker bombs in backpacks killed three people.

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A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Photo: AP/Michael Dwyer

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