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Boy, 15, arrested in fireworks scare at Mall at Wellington Green

Boy taken to Juvenile Assessment Center on felony criminal mischief charge, deputies say
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office vehicle blocks entrance to Mall at Wellington Green, July 8, 2023
Posted at 1:53 PM, Jul 09, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-09 21:43:49-04

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Deputies arrested a 15-year-old boy after popping sounds inside the Mall at Wellington Green sparked mass panic Saturday afternoon, leading to an evacuation as shoppers believed they heard gunshots.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera announced the arrest Sunday.

The boy was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center after being interviewed by deputies.


Fireworks cause scare at Mall at Wellington Green

Joel Lopez
12:05 AM, Jul 09, 2023

On Saturday, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called to the Mall at Wellington Green at about 5 p.m. The agency received numerous 911 calls about the sounds of gunshots inside the mall.

The sounds caused mass panic, and several law enforcement officers responded, shutting down the mall for more than three hours.

Investigators determined the sounds heard were not gunshots but fireworks that had been ignited in the men's bathroom.

The 15-year-old boy faces a charge of felony criminal mischief.