AMHERST (CBS/AP) – A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts in Amherst says 14 people were arrested Sunday night after police in riot gear were forced to disperse hundreds of students when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl.
In Boston, there were no arrests and the city remained peaceful.
At UMass, police in riot gear and on horseback used flash grenades to disperse hundreds of students who gathered in the main residential part of the campus.
Marissa Faldasz, a junior whose dorm room looks out on the part of campus where students gathered, said they were chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” and throwing beer cans and toilet paper rolls.
“As soon as the game ended, a bunch of students came running from all across the campus,” she said.
UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said police decided to issue a dispersal order when the crowd grew to about 1,500 people in the main residential area of campus.
Alarms sounded and the students left after about a half-hour, then gathered again before leaving for good. Faldasz said she saw students get in fistfights and one fighting with police, but she did not see any ambulances. She said there was a similar incident after Osama bin Laden was killed last year.
No one was seriously hurt and no property damage was reported.
Thirteen of those arrested were students. Blaguszewski said they are being referred to the dean of students for possible disciplinary action.
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