Md. Cinemark Theater 'gun shots' actually fireworks

ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police responded to a call for shots that were allegedly fired at a Md. Cinemark Theater location, however upon arrival, discovered shots were never fired.

Anne Arundel County Police received a call around 10:11 p.m. Saturday night, regarding shots fired at the Cinemark Theater located at 7000 Arundel Mills Blvd.

Once police arrived at the scene, they were able to determine that no shots were fired. Investigation showed that someone had set off possible fireworks inside of a juice bottle. The noise resembled the sound of gun shots. Authorities have not been able to determine what type of fireworks were set off.

Police said about 325 tickets had been sold for the 8:30 p.m. screening of 300 The Rise of Empire. The theater was not at its full capacity at the time of the incident, police said.

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The whole theater was evacuated and searched by officers and K-9 teams for security reasons. Officers were able to find the device and collect it as evidence.

No other devices were found anywhere else in the theater, police said. Nothing was damaged and there were no injuries related to the detonation, authorities said. One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, that were not related to this incident, police said.

Anne Arundel County Police Detectives are currently investigating the incident. If you have any pictures, video or information on this incident, please contact Metro Crime Stoppers and Detective Marc Aguiar at 410-222-6155.


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