EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Several people were arrested in East Lansing as revelers celebrated in the streets after the Michigan State football team beat Iowa to win the Big 10 championship.
Large crowds – police estimate about 2,000 people in all — gathered around the Cedar Village apartment complex after the game Saturday night. The area is notorious for celebrations that grow out of hand following big games.
Law enforcement prepared in advance with large contingents of police officers, some in riot gear, ready to respond.
Police appeared to let the students have their fun – but only for a while.
Once fireworks started flying — and a dumpster fire was lit – law enforcement started to disperse the crowds.
A 24 Hour News 8 crew in the area witnessed three arrests. One man had to be taken to the ground by officers in SWAT gear as he tried to run away from police trying to arrest him.
Police cleared out the area well before 2 a.m.
“They (police) let it go for quite a while. They let it happen for, I’d say, the right amount of time. They gave us about an hour, hour and a half,” said Alex Salens, an MSU student who lives in Cedar Village.
“They’re doing what they gotta do. They got a lot of liabilities with these drunk fans. They’re doing what they gotta do,” he said.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.
The East Lansing Police Department said 8 people were arrested and 13 fires were reported — but there was no significant property damage.
Relatively speaking, the party wasn’t as big — or as out of control — as some MSU riots of previous years.