ELFD Calls Postgame Chaos 'Average'

The East Lansing Fire Department partnered with the Lansing Fire Department Sunday morning to adequately respond to all calls after MSU students took to the streets in celebration.

In all, ELFD put out approximately 55 fires in the span of about five hours. None of those fires though were structure fires.

"When you have a structure involved, that can run into the thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage," said ELFD Public Information Officer Lt. Leo Allaire, "versus if you have maybe a 50 dollar couch that was going to go to Goodwill or something."

Furniture and garbage were the main fuel for thousands of students who congregated in the streets shortly after MSU defeated Ohio State 34-24 in the Big 10 Championship Game, sending the school to its first Rose Bowl in a quarter century.

A crowd estimated in the thousands jumped around fires, many in the area of the Cedar Village apartment complex.

A coalition of four police agencies used riot gear to help disperse crowds into the wee hours of the morning. No tear gas was used against students.

Lt. Allaire believes the damage is minimal and says the size of the demonstrations is much smaller than in years past.

"As far as celebrations go, this is pretty much average," he said. "We've actually seen worse than this with the past riots that they had in '98 and 2002, so this is pretty average for a celebration like this."

Police arrested multiple people Sunday morning, though no one has been reported injured.


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