$20,000 Reward for Those Involved in East LansingStreet Fires

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

EAST LANSING - The authorities are offering up to $20,000 reward for information leading to convictions of those involved in the burning of furniture in the streets of East Lansing following MSU's football team's victory in the Big Ten Championship game Saturday night.
The hefty reward was announced Monday afternoon.

Tips can be shared via ELPDtips@elpolice.com, 1-877-ELPD-TIP or www.facebook.com/EastLansingPD.

Police say 15 arrests were made during the night. 13 of those arrested were MSU students. During the incident, public safety officials responded to a minimum of 57 fires throughout East Lansing. the crowd size in the Cedar Village area, ELPD estimates approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people made up the crowd in Cedar Village. Police say there were three major fires in the Cedar Village area, which were fueled by things like shrubs, dumpster fencing, mattresses, clothing, bikes, trees and fire extinguishers.

Police tell the media that officers officers had rocks, frozen beer cans, glass bottles, horseshoes and other items thrown at them.

"We understand individuals' desire to celebrate, but the events of Saturday night did nothing more than overshadow and take away from a great Spartan victory. We will work to charge the individuals involved in this incident to the fullest extent of the law," said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas.

"Any student identified as taking part in setting or fueling fires will be subject to the MSU student judicial process, regardless of any criminal charges being filed," said Kent Cassella, MSU spokesman. "If a student is found in violation, he or she faces sanctions ranging from warning to dismissal. A vast majority of those celebrating after the game did so peacefully. Those that disregarded the safety of others and destroyed property will not be tolerated."

The total cost of this damage has not been determined.

Watch News 10 tonight for more reaction to the fires and damage in East Lansing.

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