Malls in Fort Worth, Arlington briefly evacuated

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Two shopping malls in Arlington and Fort Worth were evacuated within about a half-hour Tuesday afternoon, one for a small ammonia leak and the other for a bogus bomb scare, officials said.

The Parks in Arlington, which had the ammonia leak, was briefly evacuated, but the bomb scare at Hulen Mall in Fort Worth took about 30 minutes to clear, said Debra Martinez, marketing manager for both malls.

Both malls are owned by Chicago-based General Growth Properties, Martinez said.

The ammonia leak at the Parks’ ice rink was reported about 2:30 p.m., according to the Arlington Fire Department.

Martinez said that ammonia is commonly used to maintain ice rinks, and that repair workers found the leak and quickly repaired it.

“The sensor was very sensitive and picked it up,” Martinez said. “It automatically sets off the evacuation system, so we evacuated the entire mall.”

“But it wasn’t for very long. I bet we were outside there for only 10 minutes, 15 maybe.”

The bomb scare at Hulen Mall was reported about 3:10 p.m., Fort Worth firefighters reported.

Martinez said that only the stores between the center court and Sears were evacuated while the Fire Department bomb squad searched for danger, but none was found.

“Someone had a bomb threat in a very specific area inside the store, so they just evacuated that area,” Martinez said. “The bomb squad checked it out and it was all clear.”

That process took about 30 minutes, she said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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