Arrest made in pranks that clear theaters near D.C.
WASHINGTON — A 20-year-old man was arrested during the weekend for a series of dangerous pranks that led to the evacuation of several movie theaters in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington, authorities said.
Manuel Joyner was arrested in his home in Bowie, Md., and charged in relation to a prank and evacuation in a theater in Largo, Md., on May 24, Prince George’s County fire officials said.
The theater was evacuated when someone used a device described as a “bottle bomb,” in which an acid and a base are combined inside a sealed plastic bottle, causing it to explode.
Later Sunday, Joyner was charged in three similar incidents in a theater in Tysons Corner, Va. The multiplex was evacuated on May 18 when two such devices burst, and police said acid and metal had been placed inside the bottles.
An evacuation occurred in the same theater a week later because of one of the devices.
No one was injured in the Maryland and Virginia cases. Fire investigators have said similar devices could injure bystanders with flying plastic when the bottle explodes or as a result of the acid inside.