Multiple Bonfires Set In University District After Super Bowl
updated at 1:08 p.m.
(CBS Seattle/AP) — Students celebrating near the University of Washington Sunday night after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory started several bonfires in the streets.
Locations included 47th Street and 17th Avenue, and 47th Street and University Way, according to KIRO TV. One Seattle police officer estimated the crowd to be about 3,000 students. Police tried to disperse the crowd, but students returned with furniture to throw in the fires. KIRO reported at least one student was taken into custody.
“I heard people yelling and walked outside,” one student told KIRO. “I ran past the cops, and everything was on fire…just people taking pictures with the riot police,” another student said.
Across town in Pioneer Square, police in riot gear attempted to disperse a crowds of hundreds. A fire was started in the middle of Yesler Way and people climbed on top of the Pioneer Square Pergola. People climbed trees and utility poles. A window at a Starbucks was also broken. Police used pepper spray and flash bang grenades to clear people out, according to KIRO. The crowd had mostly cleared by about 2:30 a.m.
A Parks Department spokesperson said Monday that $25,000 in damage was done to the Pergola. Twenty glass panes were broken on the century-old archway when fans climbed on top of it Sunday night. Copper flashing on the pergola was also damaged and will have to be replaced. The structure will also be spray-washed to clean up graffiti.
Watch video at KIROTV.com.
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