Mall Evacuated After Man Scatters Woman's Ashes a LensCrafters
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2013 12:10 PM CDT
His fiancee's ashes were not kept in an urn.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Florida shopping mall was evacuated on Tuesday for what very well could be a first: A man threw an unidentified substance into a LensCrafters ... and it later turned out to be some of his dead fiancee's ashes. NBC6 reports that the man was in the process of depositing her ashes in places that meant something to the couple; no word on why the LensCrafters at Sarasota's Westfield Southgate Mall made the list.

The store's employees and mall shoppers were alarmed by the white substance (NBC6 also describes the unnamed man as "fleeing the area," which probably didn't help), and police and Hazmat crews ended up shutting down the mall for two hours. He won't face charges, but the mall and fire department may seek damages.

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Oct 17, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
I assume the deceased fiancee was one of those "Shop till you drop" babes who dropped.
Oct 17, 2013 3:17 PM CDT
He's lucky someone didn't "stand their ground" & shoot him. A guy in a car just shot a guy dead in Florida because the guy was walking naked after someone stole his clothes. No further investigation, cops let him go home.
Oct 17, 2013 2:22 PM CDT
Ashes, who cares if I know that my Soul belongs to my Maker. The only thing that bugles my mind is the burning heat or should I instead let myself to be fed to roaches.