Fire alarms frustrate Liberty Center customers

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jan 18, 2016

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- As the Liberty Center attracts customers far and wide, some guests are frustrated by an ongoing problem: fire alarms that force them to evacuate.

From dining to shopping to movies, some customers have turned to social media to express their discontent. Sean Halloran said he and his family were seeing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on opening weekend when the alarms sounded.

"Right in the middle of the movie -- just smack in the middle in the movie -- house lights come on, the fire alarms were going off, owners come in, 'Everybody out,'" he said.

And Halloran soon learned he wasn't alone.

"Some of the neighborhood boards, you see somebody posting, 'Did you hear what happened today at the LTC mall?' And we're like, 'Let me guess, it was a fire alarm.'"

The alarm sounded again Monday, forcing people to evacuate from the Cobb Liberty Luxury 15 movie theater. For the month of December, Butler County's dispatch center provided a list of 21 alarm calls to the Liberty Center.

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A spokeswoman for Liberty Center said the alarms are very sensitive, so new tenants are still getting used to them.

Still, it's enough that Jackie Glass, who's considering whether to take her daughter there for her 13th birthday, may not go.

"She wanted to go to the movies with a group of friends, and then maybe walk around the stores and get something to eat and hang out," Glass said. "But it sounds like all of that may be interrupted, and I don't want to take the chance of that happening."