"Next thing I know, everybody's just jumping out of their seats and screaming."
"We saw a gentleman say, `There's an emergency exit' and we ran out and I turned around; a lot of people from the mall were sprinting out," Andrade said.
"It appears to be some sort of prank that should not take place and the person responsible needs to be brought to justice," said Lt. TJ Smith.
For many, it's a stark reminder of a fatal shooting at the Columbia mall a month ago.
"I was actually at work in Columbia Mall," said Sherita Davis. "Whenever stuff like that happens, it really hits home."
As for who's responsible, police are hoping new images of the person on surveillance video will lead to an arrest.
Police say there were no injuries related to the fireworks detonation.