Theater bottle bomb in Alexandria last month could be connected to recent incidents

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - Some customers take the news in stride - but for others, hearing that a bottle explosion also happened at the AMC Hoffman Center long before three others in the region is a cause for real concern.

Adrienne Spencer's son is a regular at the AMC Hoffman theater - but not anymore.

"If it's four [bottle bombs], I'm quite sure the number can go up to five, six, seven - anywhere, anyplace," Spencer said.

It was 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 during a showing of the latest "Captain America" film when the bottle, containing chemicals including a strong acid and aluminum foil - went off with a loud pop, clearing out the theater, but thankfully causing no injuries.

Six weeks after the Alexandria incident, similar incidents took place at the AMC in Tysons Corner, the AMC in Largo, Maryland, and then again at Tysons Corner this past weekend.

Naturally, many are wondering if the string of incidents are connected.

Fire Marshal Andrea Buchanan said, "Right now we're sharing information with our regional partners. I think that will better be able to identify if there is a pattern, a copycat or what not."

Phil Tran and his friend were watching the latest "X-Men" movie this past weekend at AMC Tysons Corner when he heard an explosion.

"It was just like, a boom!" he described.

Some liquid landed on his arms, which he quickly wiped off.

Now Tran, like so many others, has had enough.

"This is getting pretty serious and out of hand," he said. "It's not a joke anymore. It's something we should take serious and take action for."