Police Cite Columbia Mall Tragedy and 'Sensitivity Involved' After Arundel Mills Shooting Scare

It was not gunfire that erupted at the Egyptian Cinemark movie theater, the Anne Arundel County Police Department said.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a device that prompted a report of shots fired at the Arundel Mills movie theater Saturday night, authorities said.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department emphasized that there was no evidence of a shooting.

"We understand the sensitivity involved when noises take place in a theater or mall with the tragedies that have taken place inColumbia and Aurora," police said. "We can report once again, there are NO victims and NO evidence of a shooting at the Cinemark Theater."

Police were called to the Cinemark Egyptian 24 theater at 10:11 p.m. Saturday for a report of shots fired, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department. The report stated that shots were fired inside one of the movie theaters at the Hanover shopping center, police said.

"Out of an abundance of caution, numerous officers responded to make the area safe," police said.

The area was evacuated, according to police, who said there were no injuries related to gunfire.

Instead, police said that a device that may have been fireworks was discovered to be the cause of the sound.

"The exact type of fireworks/device is unknown at this time,"police said at approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday, noting that more information would come in the morning. 

Anyone with information about who may have set off the device/fireworks may call Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-6155.


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