Fire & Police Officials Evacuate Busy Theater

Fire Marshal’s Office Investigates Explosive Device Incident

McLean Police District – Police and fire personnel responded to the Tyson’s Corner Center AMC Theaters in McLean shortly after midnight for a report of suspicious “popping noises.” Officials and theater employees quickly determined that the noises were not gunfire; but were the result of a detonation of two soda bottle “chemical” devices. There were no injuries.

Reports indicated that there were two devices near the entrances of two of the movie theaters. There are a total of 16 theaters in the complex. In an abundance of caution, all 16 theaters, and the food court, were evacuated so that officials could insure there were no additional devices in the area.

The Fire Marshal’s office is seeking witnesses and information from anyone who may be able to help identify a suspect in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637. All tips will be forwarded to Fire Marshal investigators.

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