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Popcorn maker on fritz, theater evacuated

Dec. 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Moviegoers shouted "fire" in a crowded Los Angeles theater when a popcorn maker overheated and briefly shot off flames.

A spokeswoman ArcLight Hollywood said the machine's malfunction left more than just the unmistakable odor of burnt popcorn in the air. About 2,000 moviegoers were evacuated from the multiplex for 30 minutes around 7 p.m. Wednesday while firefighters investigated, the Los Angeles Times said.

The machine gave off flames briefly before an alert patron took a fire extinguisher to the small blaze.

No injuries were reported.