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Tear gas used near WMU campus after day of partying

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Trouble and chaos on the streets of Kalamazoo near Western Michigan University's campus.

Police
say large crowds became hostile after a day of partying. Students say,
what came next, shocked nearly everyone in the streets.

Student
Anna Ruyhl."An ice cream truck came, they were there for about an hour.
People started jumping on the truck, the truck tried to move, some kid
fell off. From there, people started jumping on the truck, bouncing it,
throwing bottles at it, and I think this is what really sparked the cops
coming."

Students describe the chaos near Lafayette Ave. in Kalamazoo, a neighborhood where Western Michigan students live, near campus.

We're told hundreds of students had been
taking part in a house crawl, going from party to party, starting at
noon Saturday.

"We were walking down Greenwood and a whole SWAT
team rolls up, cuts through the backyard, starts tossing tear gas  and
macing everyone who was nearby."

"They just stared bombing the place really. The wind was so heavy it really went five blocks deep," Ruyhl says.

Late
Saturday night, officers told Newschannel 3 they responded to the area
for large crowds, excessive noise and open alcohol, but the nearly-2,000
people became hostile. They say they made several announcements to
clear, but that didn't happen. Officers say they were forced to use tear
gas to break up the crowds.

"People were throwing bottles at
innocent cars passing by. It was getting really ridiculous at one point.
And then, that's when the cops intervened and they literally went nuts
with the tear gas. There wasn't no fair warning at all," student David
Chaben says.


Officers also say some students set furniture on fire. So far, there are no reports of injuries.

Source: WWMT
Tear gas used near WMU campus after day of partying

Monday, April 14 2014, 02:08 PM EDT

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