WATCH: State Police Helicopter Sends PSU Tailgate Tents Flying

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

UNIVERSITY PARK -- A low flying State Police helicopter sent tailgate tents and other party supplies flying into the air Saturday at a parking lot outside Beaver Stadium.  State Police responded Monday to say this was in response to a "large-scale party that was getting out of hand."

In video shared on social media, you can see the helicopter fly over the grass parking lot full of vehicles and a crowd tailgating, then it turns around and flies even lower. That's when tailgate tents were launched into the air.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said troopers were called to help with a party in a parking lot that was creating a risk to "persons and property."  The statement said tailgaters "first ignored commands to disperse from law enforcement on the ground."

"Then PSP deployed personnel, including the Pennsylvania State Police Tactical Mounted Unit. The crowd began to turn unruly and two PSP horses were assaulted and a trooper was injured. Ground units pulled back in an effort to deescalate the situation."

Videos contain profanity

That's when troopers said the PSP Aviation Unit was called in to help. At first it was used to issue commands for the crowd to break up using a loud speaker.

"When personnel on scene noticed the helicopter was low enough to disturb items on the ground, the helicopter pulled up to a higher altitude," read the statement from state police.

Many people went on social media to complain about the low flying helicopter including those who said their tailgates were ruined by it.

Video shared by Nittany Lion Wearhouse & Ticket Exchange shows fans ducking as debris flying  through the air as the helicopter passes overhead.


  • Charlie 42

    Scumbags hurt 2 horses.. I don’t care about the cops or the partying idiots, but don’t hurt the horses. They are just doing what the nuts at PSP trained them to do

Comments are closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.