COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland/AP) — Fans took to the streets after Ohio State’s football championship early Tuesday, yelling and screaming in delight, setting nearly 90 fires and in the case of a few, tearing down an Ohio Stadium goal post.
Police made a handful of arrests after using tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds of Ohio Statestudents and other fans following the Buckeyes’ win.[tweet https://twitter.com/jpelzer/status/554884099773841408 width=’330′]
Officers on foot, on horses and in cruisers patrolled the main drag through campus after midnight Tuesday, when revelers spilled out of bars near the campus to celebrate the university’s 42-20 win over the University of Oregon in Dallas.
Thousands converged on the Ohio State football stadium, where police turned most of them away. Most headed back to the bar area, where cruisers lined the street and officers limited pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Fans tore down a temporary goal post on the south end of the Ohio Stadium field used for high school games, said university spokesman Dan Hedman.
University police responded to various places in and around campus, including Ohio Stadium, the university’s Mirror Lake, a popular student gathering spot, and the neighborhood north of campus, Hedman said.
The 89 fires reported to the Columbus Fire Department involved trash bins, Dumpsters and couches, and no injuries were reported, according to spokeswoman Battalion Chief Tracy Smith. The Columbus Dispatch reports that some students helped the Fire Division and used a fire extinguisher to put out the couch fire
Smith says the 89 reports started coming in just before 1 a.m. with the last reported about 4:45 a.m.
Some officers used pepper spray to clear revelers from the street, while canisters of tear gas were also deployed. The crowds began going home within about two hours.
WCMH-TV, showing images of revelers burning a couch, reported Tuesday that police arrested a handful of students who could face both criminal and university charges.
Gunfire in the campus area after the game was reported by police dispatchers, with no reports of injuries, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
No problems were reported in Oregon.
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