For the third time this month, an over-pressurized explosive detonated inside a movie theater in the D.C. region.
Early Saturday morning just after 1:30 a.m., a bomb-like device in a bottle exploded inside AMC Magic Johnson Capital Theater in the 800 block of Shoppers Road in Largo, Md.
Eighty people were leaving the movie theater when the explosive blew up, said Paul Gomez, assistant fire chief of the Prince George's County Fire Department, but no one was injured.
Officials are viewing video security footage from the movie theater in hopes of finding the person or people responsible.
Another bottle bomb detonated in AMC Tyson’s Corner Theater Saturday night at 2 a.m.
Two teenagers were treated at the scene after they were splashed with the liquid inside the bottles. They were not injured.
That incident was the second to occur in Tyson’s Corner this month. On May 18, police said two bottle bombs, which contained acidic liquid and were powerful enough to blow a person’s hand off, detonated inside the theater.
Another bottle bomb incident was reported at the AFC Hoffman Center in Alexandria, Va., on April 5.
Investigators are working with the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office to determine if the device that detonated at the Magic Johnson Capital Theater was the same type used in the explosions at Tyson’s Corner earlier this month.
Officials believe more than one person was involved, according to the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Someone who makes improvised explosive devices could face a maximum of 25 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, said Gina Ford, spokesperson for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.