ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office responded to Epic Theatres in St. Augustine for multiple reports of an explosion inside an occupied movie theatre.
A significant law enforcement response was initiated, and it was determined three boys lit at least two ground-to-air fireworks inside an occupied theatre.
According to the arrest report, two 14-year-old boys entered the theatre with fireworks which contained gun powder.
One of the suspects used a flame lighter and ignited the fireworks inside the theatre causing damage to the floor.
According to SJCSO, there were people inside the theatre during the movie that included young children. By igniting the firework, it caused other people who were watching the movie to flee in fear for their safety.
The suspects fled prior to law enforcement’s arrival.
No injuries were reported on scene, and minor damage was incurred to the theatre. The building was briefly evacuated and searched by law enforcement.
At approximately 7:20 pm, deputies located the suspects lighting illegal fireworks in the area of Wildwood Drive and US1 South.
Law enforcement contacted two juveniles who were positively identified as the outstanding suspects from Epic Theatre. They were detained, and illegal fireworks, approximately 60 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were seized.
The suspects were arrested and charged with Arson, Disorderly Conduct, and Felony Possession of Marijuana. Law enforcement is still seeking the identity of the third subject involved.
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