Tysons shoppers scatter after hearing loud bang; noise made by trashcan, officials say

July 26

Several shoppers at the Tysons Corner Center fled about 6 p.m. Saturday evening, after hearing a loud bang that was apparently caused when a trash receptacle fell or was struck, the Fairfax County police said.

The loud noise, inside a store, apparently suggested the sound of a gunshot. But no shot was fired, the police said.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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