LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Police responded to the Arundel Mills mall movie theater shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday night for a report of shots fired, but investigators believe the noises were actually made by fireworks set off inside a drink bottle.

The entire theater was evacuated and searched by officers and K-9 units “out of an abundance of caution,” according to Anne Arundel County police.

“We understand the sensitivity involved when noises take place in a theater or mall with the tragedies that have taken place in Columbia and Aurora,” the Anne Arundel County Police Department wrote on its Facebook page around 1 a.m. Sunday.

“We can report once again, there are NO victims and NO evidence of a shooting at the Cinemark Theater.”

Police say about 325 tickets were sold for the showing of “300: Rise of an Empire” where the fireworks were set off, but no injuries were reported. Police have released security video of possible suspect believed to be involved in this incident.

Anne Arundel County Police detectives and the Anne Arundel County Fire Marshall’s Office are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact Metro Crime Stoppers and Detective Marc Aguiar at 410-222-6155.


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