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East Lansing Police Prepare For Rose Bowl Celebration

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - After the football game that sent the Spartans to the Rose Bowl, a massive disturbance broke out just outside MSU's campus.

Police and fire responded to more than 50 fires and arrested 15 people among a crowd of a few thousand.

6 News' Joe Khalil spoke with East Lansing officials Wednesday to find out how they plan to make sure it doesn't happen again.

East Lansing's Mayor Nathan Triplett called it an embarassment to the entire community and says he doesn't expect to see this behavior.

"We're expecting people to celebrate with class, but we're also prepared for the possibility that some people will choose to use great occasions like this as an excuse to engage in criminal behavior," said Nathan Triplett, East Lansing Mayor.

Triplett says law enforcement is taking proactive measures to make sure any isolated disturbance doesn't turn into complete chaos.

Triplett says the department of public works has also come through these neighborhoods where a lot of students live and cleaned up the debris left over from the ice storm. That way if there is a disturbance after the game, students won't be able to use that debris to start fires.

East Lansing Police Department Sargeant Tresha Neff says police expect the best, but are preparing for the worst.

"We have several extra people on staff and we also have mutual aid from other departments if it were needed. This is a different situation with several students being on break, the unknown obviously is how many students will be coming back," said Sgt. Tresha Neff, East Lansing Police Department.

But no matter what that number is, Neff says police will be ready to handle it.

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