Police Use Tear Gas, Pepper Spray on Crowds at Ohio State After Team Wins Championship

Ezekiel Elliott with the crowd after the Buckeyes’ victory. (Cooper Neill for The New York Times)
Ezekiel Elliott with the crowd after the Buckeyes’ victory. (Cooper Neill for The New York Times)

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 State students and other fans following the Buckeyes’ win.

Tear gas deployed on High St http://t.co/OOhJG8tYUr — Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) January 13, 2015

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

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SOURCE: CBS Cleveland/AP

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