Authorities say no one was injured in a house fire that cut short an annual street party near the Ohio University campus in southeast Ohio.
It wasn’t clear what started the fire around 7 p.m. Saturday, abruptly ending an event that often stretches into the early morning hours.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze as police cleared the street. Media outlets report Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl declared a riot, and police with extra protective gear forced the crowd away from the scene.
The city’s deputy service-safety director tells radio station WOUB people in the crowd had thrown bottles at emergency responders. Police made about 20 arrests during the event.
It came a week after police in riot gear dispersed crowds near Kent State University to break up a street party.
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