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Fairfax Police Release Audio From 911 Calls From Movie Theater Bomb Scare

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The Fairfax County Police Department has released 911 calls from a very frightening weekend incident at a popular movieplex in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

In a nation that has seen deadly shootings even massacres at malls and movie theaters both near and far, the explosions touched off an avalanche of 911 calls from terrified patrons. The incident on May 18 set off a massive response from police and firefighters who sped to the Tysons Mall fearing yet another bloody scene.

That same fear was reflected in the anguished voices of many callers who thought a shooter was on the loose. Some fled the theater inĀ panic, leaving their possessions and purchases behind. Others huddled inside the bathroom of a TGI Friday's restaurant on the same level as the theaters.

Throughout the ordeal, 911 operators are heard trying to gather information about the incident so as to update officers going to the scene as well as advising callers to remain in a safe location until given an all clear by first responders. They are also constantly inquiring if anyone is hurt.

Officers discovered what they called two soda-bottle chemical devicesĀ and evacuated all 16 theaters to see if any more had been hidden elsewhere.

The release of the 911 tapes is expected to generate leads into the ongoing investigation by police and the fire department. No one was injured in the incident.

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