Super Bowl mayhem: Philadelphia frenzy of looting, shooting and torn up light poles (VIDEO)
A blast of unknown origin has occurred in Philadelphia and several people have reportedly been injured in street violence amid celebrations of the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Celebrations of the historic Super Bowl victory of the Philadelphia Eagles led to havoc on Sunday night, as cheering crowds damaged property and turned cars upside down, and an explosion was reported in the city.
THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA IS BURNING DOWN pic.twitter.com/lcbHLd894P— Lani (@lanictom) February 5, 2018
30 people on this little awning... why not??!? pic.twitter.com/0bqBgYSKcA— Barstool Heartland (@barstoolhrtland) February 5, 2018
Some people said on Twitter that Antifa activists had joined the rallies, attaching a video of men apparently attempting to hang an uprooted traffic light from a lamp post.
I just got hit with a parking light pic.twitter.com/FflzyY5JDe— adam ferrone (@_rone) February 5, 2018
Earlier, a wild crowd reportedly attacked police, throwing bottles at them and forcing the officers to put on their helmets. One policeman was run over, according to social media reports.
This is riveting. Bottles being thrown. Helmets going on. These first responders have their hands full. And now there was an explosion. #PhillyPoliceScanner— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) February 5, 2018
A shooting has been reported on a highway and the police are requesting back-up. The situation in some parts of the city is apparently out of control, with most of the traffic lights taken out and people continuing to vandalize buildings. The central Old Navy store has reportedly been vandalized, with its doors ripped open and/or its front window broken in.
People yelling “Everything is free,” looting, trashing this gas station. Damn it, Philly we better than this. pic.twitter.com/WecXaAmrFh— Stephanie Farr (@FarFarrAway) February 5, 2018
Many people turned to social media to condemn the violence in the streets, pleading with the crowd not to rip the city apart.
Congrats to Philly on winning the Superbowl and turning your city into a smoldering crater #phillypolicescanner— Amber Zanon (@bamberton) February 5, 2018