Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Partygoers burn couches and attack cops after power goes out -- Seattle, WA

Police in riot gear responded to Seattle's University District early Tuesday morning after hundreds of students blocked a street and started a fire.

The incident happened after the power went out around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Hundreds of students in the Greek Row area decided to throw a spontaneous party in the street on 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 47th Street.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Rick Price said someone built a bonfire on the island in the middle of 17th Avenue Northeast.

The fire grew bigger after people in the crowd threw a couch into the flames, which reached 12 to 14 feet.

About two dozen Seattle police and University of Washington police officers dressed in riot gear responded to the scene.

The initial order for the crowd to disperse was ignored, causing the police to surround the crowd while providing room for exit.

In response, students threw bottles and cans at police.

Two officers were hit but not injured.

Police pushed back the crowd so that firefighters could reach the fire and put out the flames.

The crowd began to dissipate after 1 a.m. and the scene was cleared by 1:30 a.m.

UW police told KIRO 7 they had no reports of arrests or injuries.

Seattle City Light said all power was restored around 12:15 a.m.


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