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University students riot in Dinkytown

A party on Spring Jam weekend in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus turned into a riot on Saturday night, according to KSTP TV.

The party, on 7th Street and 14th Avenue in Minneapolis, started around 8 p.m. and did not end until early morning hours on Sunday, KSTP TV reported.

More than 60 police officers called to the scene used tear gas, pepper spray and smoke grenades in order to control the crowd of and estimated 400 to 500 people, KSTP TV reported.

When police arrived some students threw bottles and rocks at them. Many homes and cars in the area were damaged during the riot, according to KSTP TV.

At least six people were arrested but no one was seriously injured, KSTP TV reported.

In a statement released by the university, the University of Minnesota Vice Provost for Student Affairs Jerry Rinehart spoke about the incident.

"Last night's events near Dinkytown, where a block party got out of control, were an unacceptable display of lawless behavior. This kind of conduct is not reflective of our student body or the University of Minnesota community," Rinehart said. "Recently, we strengthened our student conduct code to be applicable to off-campus situations such as this. We intend to use that code to its fullest as more is learned about those who were arrested and involved in this incident."