2010-07-15 / Local & State

Philly Nightlife District Shut Down Due To Crowds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Police in Philadelphia shut down 11 blocks of a popular nightlife district after thousands of young people threatened to overwhelm the area.

Spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said the crowds apparently swelled Saturday night following the Greek Picnic, an annual event that draws members of black college fraternities and sororities to the city. He says local teenagers unaffiliated with the gathering often flock to South Street afterward.

After the street was shut down between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Sunday with the help of mounted officers, part of the crowd estimated at up to 20,000 people headed toward Broad Street, prompting reports of disturbances there.

Vanore says the problems were relatively minor, resulting in 15 arrests for summary offenses such as disorderly conduct and underage drinking.

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