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Ohio SWAT Teams Use Tear Gas On Crowds After Ohio State Win National Championship

January 13, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Ohio SWAT Teams Use Tear Gas On Crowds After Ohio State Win National Championship

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Police in riot gear used tear gas to break up crowds of revelers in Columbus early Tuesday after Ohio State’s national title win over the Oregon Ducks.

At least a dozen small fires were reported after thousands poured out of bars to celebrate the Buckeyes’ victory, authorities said.

Columbus Police Department spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis told NBC News that about 8,000 students forced their way into The Horseshoe stadium and tore down a goal post.

She described the crowds as being “intense” after the game.

Three canisters of tear gas were used in front of the Ohio Union at around 1:15 a.m. local time, the Columbus Dispatch reported, emptying the surrounding area of most revelers.

It said officers also used pepper spray on many party-goers shortly after midnight, with some leaving the area “with stinging eyes and runny noses.”

A police dispatcher told NBC News officers were called to multiple reports of dumpster and couch fires in the streets around the Ohio State University campus.

Alex-Bouzounis confirmed that a “handful” of arrests were made. “Our officers should be commended for their diligence and professionalism.”

The Buckeyes won 42-20 as Ezekiel Elliott had 246 yards on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns.

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