Wednesday night's World Series victory by the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals was mostly celebrated without incident in the city of Boston itself. However, that was not the case at three college campuses in New Hampshire, where celebrations turned destructive.
Five students at the University of New Hampshire were arrested after an estimated crowd of 3,000 students gathered to celebrate the 6-1 Red Sox victory on Main Street in Durham. WMUR-TV reported that police allowed the crowd to celebrate for about 20 minutes before ordering them to disperse using loudspeakers. Officials say some of the students threw glass bottles at officers, which prompted them to use pepper spray and pepper balls. Students also reported fireworks being lit in the area.
The five arrested will face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.
At Plymouth State University, witnesses told WMUR that small fires were set on campus and light poles were destroyed after students climbed on them. Some students also streaked across campus.
At Keene State College, a student's car was flipped over by fellow students and one other student was hospitalized after she injured by a thrown rock. The trouble started when an area set up for students to celebrate the Red Sox win quickly overflowed. Police said a "riotous" and "aggressive" crowd of students tried to make their way to Main Street, but found their way blocked by officers. Authorities said glass bottles, rocks, and ice were thrown and officers and other students, but no arrests were reported.
Boston police reported a total of nine arrests made for "unruly behavior" during the celebrations in the city. MyFoxBoston.com reported that some celebrations threatened to spin out of control, with at least one car flipped over on Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tweets from passerby also reported that people tried to flip cars in the area of Copley Square, near the site of April's bombing that killed three and injured over 260 during the running of the prestigious road race.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis took to Twitter moments before the final out Wednesday to warn "Let's keep cool, Boston." In the hours after the game, Davis told any revelers in the Landmark Center, a shopping district near Fenway Park, "you should go home."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.