A Virginia mall was evacuated Thursday after a man dropped  what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail from the top level of the mall onto the food court, authorities said.

According to police, the suspect dropped a 40-ounce bottle, with a lit fuse attached, from the Ballston Common mall's top level down onto the food court. The bottle shattered when it hit the floor but there was no explosion or fire, authorities said.

Three similar bottles were found on the mall's second level in a bag. Police were continuing to search for the suspect described as a black male with curly hair dressed in a grey jacket, authorities said. He fled on foot from the scene and remains at large.

The Associated Press contributed to this report