Fiery Super Bowl Celebration in Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG -- Some Eagles fans in Columbia County took to the streets to celebrate the Super Bowl victory.

Pictures from show Eagles fans around a fire in the middle of Fetterman Avenue.

Many Bloomsburg University students celebrated in the streets after the Super Bowl ended Sunday night. While most of the celebrations stayed calm, Bloomsburg police did have to call for backup to break up the fun.

Bloomsburg University students say Main Street sort of felt like Broad Street in center city Philadelphia after the Eagles Super Bowl victory.

But video shot by a student shows how things got out of hand on Fetterman Avenue.

"We were yelling. We were excited watching the game. We heard yelling so we went outside, and they were burning the couch. They were burning a couple of couches last night," said senior Riley O'Donnell.

Bloomsburg police say the college students were burning a couch in the middle of Fetterman Avenue, a street off campus where mainly students live. They added wood to make the fire bigger. Some dumpsters were also flipped over.

"The energy was there. everyone was in a good mood. There was a few scrimmages with other people, but that is what you're going to get," said Wesley Splain.

Officers from surrounding areas as well as state police were called in because of just how many people were celebrating.

"There was kids getting rowdier than others. That's probably why they had to break it up," O'Donnell said.

Bloomsburg University officials say the celebrating stayed off campus. This was something Bloomsburg police were preparing for after the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies win.

"When the Phillies won the World Series for the first time, we had a lot of students hit the Main Street area. There was a large number, but we did not have the burning. We did not have the dumpsters flipped over. We did not have property damage," said Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan.

No one was arrested during the celebrations, but Bloomsburg police are still investigating.

"We are investigating the fire issue because it was on a public street in the middle of the street. We are not going to put up with that kind of thing," the chief added.

Bloomsburg police say other than some rough language, the college students were respectful and the crowd broke up when police arrived and asked them to.

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