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UPDATE: Police Make Arrests Following at Least 50 Fires, Large Crowds

UPDATE: Following MSU's win over Ohio State, the East Lansing Police and Fire Departments were hard at work responding to fires and crowds across the city.

Leo Allaire, Public Information Officer with ELFD says fire crews responded to between fifty and fifty-five fire incidents last night.

"Mostly everything that was burning was furniture that was pulled out from houses, out of dumpsters, that type of thing," said Allaire, adding many tree limbs were also burned.

"It's hard to predict when this stuff is going to happen. We did not have anything lined up for that, that's why we ended up calling some mutual aid from other surrounding departments," said Allaire.

East Lansing Police say they were sent to the Cedar Village area at 12:04 a.m. regarding multiple fires and large numbers of people. 

Officers haven't released numbers yet, but say they made "multiple" arrests.

ELPD was assisted by the Michigan State University Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Ingham County Sheriff's Office.

The East Lansing Police Department says it will be actively pursuing charges against anyone involved in the incident. To report the names of people involved, or to identify people in pictures, call ELPD at 1 (800) ELPD-TIP or 1 (800) 357-3847.

ELPD says it will release more information Monday morning.


ORIGINAL STORY: Police have made multiple arrests following a large gathering of people and a large fire near the Cedar Village apartments in East Lansing.

Estimates put the crowd of students and fans between 1,000 and 2,000 people. They gathered a couple of blocks from campus to celebrate the Spartans win over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship football game, which sends MSU to the Rose Bowl.

A hashtag on the social networking site Twitter referred to the gathering, the fire, and the arrests as the #RoseBowlRiot.

East Lansing police were joined by troopers from the Michigan State Police to contain and quell the crowds. They seemed to let the crowd burn at least three bonfires in the area near the Cedar Village apartments before moving in, putting out the fires, and dispersing the crowd.

As far as 6 News crews can tell, police did not have to use tear gas on the crowds as they have in past years. East Lansing police confirmed that fact.

But police tell 6 News they did make a number of arrests. The exact number remains unknown as of 3 a.m. There is no word on whether any students, fans, police officers, or firefighters were injured.

While the crowd at the corner of Cedar and River Streets made up the largest crowd, police and firefighters were busy all night responding to a number of fires in the student housing areas near downtown East Lansing. The exact number of fires - most of which were either furniture or dumpster fires - remains unknown. The same goes for any arrests associated with those fires.

Stay tuned to 6 News. We'll have continued coverage online as we get more information and we'll have complete coverage Sunday on 6 News.

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