LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — There were tense moments Thursday night at The Grove as moviegoers feared the worst after a fire alarm was triggered.

The sounding alarm spurred the temporary evacuation of movie theaters at the popular outdoor shopping center in the Fairfax District. No fire was reported.

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The incident unfolded about 8 p.m., about a third of the way into the much-anticipated premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Reaction on Twitter was immediate.


“Star Wars” fans returned to the film after the fire department gave the all-clear, but many said they were scared during the evacuation and thought of San Bernardino.

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Law enforcement described the incident as an “accident.”