Three incidents of bottle bombs have recently occurred in the Washington, D.C. suburban areas; two in Tysons Corner, Va., the other in Largo, Md.
The incidents were reported this week, but one bottle bomb incident also happened on April 5 in Alexandria, VA. at the AMC Hoffman Theater. Washington, D.C. news station WJLA reported this –
Adrienne Spencer's son is a regular at the AMC Hoffman theater - but not anymore.
"If it's four [bottle bombs], I'm quite sure the number can go up to five, six, seven - anywhere, anyplace," Spencer said.
It was 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 during a showing of the latest "Captain America" film when the bottle, containing chemicals including a strong acid and aluminum foil - went off with a loud pop, clearing out the theater, but thankfully causing no injuries.
The AMC Tysons Corner 16 Theater episodes also happened in the early morning hours. The first one was at the midnight premiere of “Godzilla” and the recent one last Sunday was during the new movie ”X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
The Largo incident was at the AMC Magic Johnson Capital Centre 12 Theater.
A statement was released from AMC Theaters reported by D.C. news station WUSA9 –
These actions, which cause panic among large groups of people, are unacceptable, and we will press charges to the fullest extent without hesitation. We are working closely with law enforcement at the local and federal level, and we have provided our surveillance system footage to law enforcement to assist in developing any possible leads or persons of interest. We remain vigilant in preventing further incidents, and have reviewed with local AMCs about what steps to take to help ensure the safety of everyone at the theatre.
We have also briefed all theatre operators in the area. AMC will reach out to the local crime solvers agency as soon as possible to set up a $25,000 reward to anyone who provides information that directly leads to the capture of those responsible.
No injuries were reported but in the last Tyson Corner movie incident two teenagers were splashed. Movie attendees in all of these events had to evacuate.
Police from these districts are investigating. Bottle bombs are dangerous, since many contain acid that can harm the skin. Loss of vision can also occur if splashed near the eyes.
Whether this nasty prank is made by the same person, a group or a copycat, the results hurt and the person(s) causing harm hopefully will be caught and prosecuted.
View the video about bottle bombs which has now reached epidemic proportions.