UPDATE: Kayvon Edson faces a variety of charges in Boston Municipal Court following his arrest at the finish line.
Boylston Street was shut at the Marathon finish line tonight after police found two unattended backpacks - not long after a barefoot man dressed like a Southern belle in mourning danced his way up the street with a backpack on, yelling "Boston Strong."
People in nearby buildings were told to shelter in place and stay away from windows. The Green Line started skipping Copley - until shortly before the bomb squad decided to detonate one of the backpacks, when all Green Line service was halted completely.
The activity did little to calm the nerves of people remembering the one-year anniversary of the Marathon bombings.
Kim works at Marathon Sports, scene of one of last year's explosions, reports employees huddled down in the basement, added that at least they had beer.
Police quickly detained Southern Belle man, and at first held him at the library to await questioning by the bomb squad. Here he is dancing up Boylston shortly before 7 p.m.:
Backpack up close, by Catalani:
Catalani photographed one of the backpacks being inspected by a robot around 8 p.m.:
Around 8:30 p.m., police pushed people even further away from the scene than Exeter Street and asked the MBTA to halt all Green Line service to await detonation of at least one of the backpacks.
Around 9 p.m., the bomb squad blew up a backpack. They may have blown up the second around 9:40 p.m.
Randy Falandys reports after the first detonation:
Looks like backpack debris after detonation was of an American flag.
David Finnerty reports Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo continued to pose for photos down the street.
A planned service at Old South Church continued, but around 8:15 p.m., police had to go in the church to get people away from windows on the Boylston Street side.
Joseph McMahon photographed the scene around 7:30 p.m.: