The theaters were evacuated but no injuries were reported.
The bombs were set off near the end of the movie at each theater.
Officials say that for the second time in a week someone set off a bottle bomb at a movie theater complex in Fairfax County, leading to the evacuation of the theater but no injuries.
Fairfax County fire officials say the latest incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at the AMC Tysons Corner 16 movie theater. The device exploded near theater number one toward the end of a showing of the new X-Men movie. Over 300 people were evacuated from the theater. Two juveniles were exposed to the liquid inside the bottle but were not hurt.
For the third time in May, police were called to an AMC movie theater for a bottle bomb explosion. Before this latest incident, a bottle bomb went off inside the AMC Magic Johnson Theater in Largo, Maryland. Early last Sunday morning, two bottle bombs exploded inside the Tysons theater during a showing of Godzilla.
Each time, a similar M.O. “Right at the end, someone took a device, threw it down in front of the auditorium, and it detonated,” says Mike Reilly with the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s office.
During the most recent explosion in Tysons, however, the liquid inside the device splashed two teenagers. “The liquid was white, and it didn’t feel anything, but it was kind of itchy at first,” says Phillip Tran, who was one of the teenagers who got splashed. He and his friend were in the back of the theater when it happened. “I just noticed a Gatorade bottle coming out of no where, and then hit the floor and then, ‘boom!’ The stuff got on my arms, stuff went on my friends,” remembers Train.
Police say the liquid might have been some sort of acid.