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Damage, Arrests After Thousands Take to Street to Celebrate Penn State Win

by on October 23, 2016 10:04 AM

Police needed more than two hours late Saturday night and early Sunday morning to clear Beaver Avenue of thousands of people who gathered to celebrate Penn State's upset win over Ohio State.

The crowd damaged several street signs, street lights and a vehicle and started several small fires. One person was injured and taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment after being struck in the head with a bottle, according to State College Police.

Several arrests are pending in connection with what State College Police called the "disturbance" and Penn State Police termed an "unlawful gathering."

Police estimate that between 5,000 and 10,000 people gathered on the 200 block of East Beaver Avenue immediately following Penn State's nationally televised victory over the No. 2 Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium.

An hour after the game had ended Penn State's emergency notification and warning system sent a message telling students to leave the area or be subject to arrest. 

State College, Penn State and other local police were assisted by Pennsylvania State Police, some on horseback, to get the crowd under control. According to Onward State, pepper spray appeared to be used to subdue some of the crowd.

No police were injured.

Anyone who may have photos or videos of possible crimes being committed during the disturbance is asked to submit them to State College Police. Photos and videos can be submitted anonymously at

Police presence was evident throughout the night as officers tried get the crowd under control Photo: Tyler Lipshutz

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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