(WJLA) - The Tysons Corner Center AMC theaters were evacuated early Sunday during a midnight showing of “Godzilla” when patrons reported hearing what sounded like an explosion or “popping noises,” police say.
Numerous calls came in to emergency dispatchers at about 12:15 a.m. reporting the sound of an explosion or firecrackers, Fairfax County Police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell says.
Police say there were reports of patrons running out of the theater screaming that someone had been shot. It was quickly determined that there was no gunfire. There were no injuries reported.
The loud sounds came from two soda bottle “chemical” devices at the entrances of two of the theaters, police reported in a statement released later Sunday.
The Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office describes the two bottles as IEDs, containing acidic liquid and powerful enough to blow a person’s hand off.
Investigators believe more than one person was involved and they potentially face very serious criminal charges.
Police and fire personnel evacuated all 16 theaters in the AMC complex as well as the food court. An estimated 2,000 people were evacuated.
A woman who was in the theater tells ABC7’s Richard Reeve that she heard a loud pop toward the end of the movie. She says the theater began to smell “vinegary.” She saw a bottle on the floor with a "foamy substance."
Evacution of Tysons Corner AMC Movie Theater After Explosions
Police Responding To Explosions in Tysons Corner AMC Movie Theater