MSU students burned couches, tree branches and anything else they could find Sunday morning as they celebrated their school's first Rose Bowl berth in a quarter century.
East Lansing Police first responded to the Cedar Village apartment complex just after midnight Sunday after reports of multiple fires and large crowds.
There they found thousands of students around several fires. Most flocked to the area near the intersection of Bogue St. and Grand River Ave. after watching their football team upset the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 34-24 in the Big 10 Championship game.
Students left a trail of broken glass and twisted metal behind as they moved from fire to fire.
The MSU Police Department, Michigan State Police and the Ingham County Sheriff's Office all helped ELPD with controlling the crowd. No one has been reported injured.
Police in riot gear threatened tear gas in some instances, pushing students away from Cedar Village apartments which served as the center of the activities. No tear gas or chemical munitions were used, ELPD said.
Students say Cedar Village has a history as a hotbed for such activity. Many called the early-morning events "good fun."
"I see it as a great thing," said one student. "Things happen but we've gotta be optimistic that people are out here together, in spirit, enjoying themselves in celebration."
Numerous other fires broke out across campus Sunday morning.
East Lansing Police made multiple arrests and says it will be "actively pursuing charges against any person(s) involved in this incident," according to a department press release.