(UPDATE 2:36 p.m. Wednesday)—A 34-year-old Bel Air man was charged Tuesday after he allegedly pulled the fire alarm at Regal Cinemas in , fire marshals said.
When the man, later identified as David Walters, learned that the showing of he paid to see was a "closed caption" showing, he expressed displeasure to management at Regal, according to deputy state fire marshals.
Walters allegedly "became disruptive and argued with the theater manager," according to a release from the state fire marshal's office.
Management offered Walters a refund or tickets for a future showing, but he refused and returned to his seat, according to fire officials.
Once the movie came to a close, Walters "became belligerent and argumentative with management once again," fire officials said.
He then allegedly pulled the fire alarm in the lobby and left, according to the news release.
The fire alarm caused all movies to temporarily shut down and activated emergency lighting, according to deputy state fire marshal Oliver Alkire in an email. Managers told movie-goers it was a false alarm and didn't evacuate the building.
Several patrons were issued refunds due to the disturbance, Alkire wrote.
David Keith Walters, 34, of the 100 block of Royal Oaks Drive in Bel Air, was charged by criminal summons Tuesday with causing a false fire alarm.
Under Maryland law, intentionally pulling and causing a false fire alarm is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 5 years in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines.