A suspect set off fireworks inside the Florence Mall Tuesday, prompting a brief lock down.
Some mall-goers reported every store was put on lock down in fear of the fireworks being gunshots. Florence Police said someone set off firecrackers around the food court.
"Over the intercom, they told us people were shooting," a 12-year-old that was hiding out in one of the stores said.
The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. and the lock down was lifted about 10 minutes later.
Authorities initially believed kids were responsible for the disturbance, but later said witnesses and video surveillance indicated an adult male set off the fireworks.
12 yr. old Nikki was leaving Florence Mall when she heard a frightening message over the intercom. Listen to what she did next... @FOX19 pic.twitter.com/5YeANmwyYe— Mike Schell (@Fox19_Mike) August 8, 2017
12 yr. old Nikki was leaving Florence Mall when she heard a frightening message over the intercom. Listen to what she did next... @FOX19 pic.twitter.com/5YeANmwyYe
There is no active threat to the public, police wrote on Facebook.
Police released two surveillance images of the suspect in an effort to ID the man.
No injuries were reported. Police have not made any arrests.
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