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Man sets Halloween costumes on fire inside Walmart

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Police in San Leandro, Calif. don't know why the 40-year-old suspect set the Halloween costumes ablaze inside a Walmart on Oct. 13, 2015. Police in San Leandro, Calif. don't know why the 40-year-old suspect set the Halloween costumes ablaze inside a Walmart on Oct. 13, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in California are trying to figure out why a man walked into a Walmart and set a row of Halloween costumes on fire. 

It happened Tuesday afternoon in San Leandro, California. 

According to a report from CNN, police say the 40-year-old suspect used a 2-quart can of charcoal lighter fluid he took from the gardening section to ignite the costumes. 

Video from a cell phone shows Walmart employees using a fire extinguisher to get the flames under control.

"We're trying to really find a reason as to why somebody would come into a Walmart store in the middle of the afternoon and set kids Halloween costumes on fire," said investigators at the scene. "It is scary, it is. It's ridiculous too at the same time."

Employees were able to get the flames under control with a fire extinguisher, but there was so much smoke that the store had to be evacuated and closed for about four hours.

Store security caught the suspect, who was not immediately identified, and held him until police arrived. He was treated for smoke inhalation before being taken into custody. 

He is now charged with arson. 

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