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Police in riot gear respond to Dinkytown block party

Hundreds of students became disorderly Saturday night at a block party in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus, bringing police in riot gear to subdue the fray, reported the Star Tribune.

Six people were arrested as police used tear gas, pepper spray, and foam bullets to disperse a massive crowd that had gathered on 7th Street and between 14th and 13th Avenues SE where at bonfire had been started in the street, according to the Star Tribune.

“This is a lot of drunk college students that are taking advantage of a good situation,” Garcia said about Spring Jam, reported the Minnesota Daily. “I think they might have gotten the message tonight.”

Students say the block party was associated with the University of Minnesota's Spring Jam celebrations, reported the Pioneer Press.

The crowd grew to over 500 people throughout the night with more than 60 officers responding to the call, reported the Star Tribune.

After their initial arrival and attempt at dispersing the crowd, the students responded by throwing beer bottles and rocks at the police, reported the Minnesota Daily.

No serious injuries were reported, according to the Pioneer Press.

“Usually when that many people get together, something stupid is going to happen,” Erik Donley, a resident of the 1400 block of Seventh St., said.

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/43707982.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUnciaec8O7EyUsl
Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_12232644
Minnesota Daily: http://www.mndaily.com/2009/04/26/students-riot-dinkytown