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Ohio police use pepper spray to disperse rowdy students after Buckeyes football win

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Dumpster fire selfie in Columbus, Ohio, early Tuesday. Police had to use pepper spray to disperse Buckeye fans following 42-20 win over Oregon in national title game. (Photo tweeted by MingmoonTenMini)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police were using pepper spray early Tuesday to disperse some Ohio State students and football fans following the Buckeye’s 42-20 win over the University of Oregon.

The cheers, chants and car horn blowing caused gridlock early Tuesday after revelers spilled out of bars along High Street near the campus, celebrating the university’s win in the first national title game in college football’s playoffs.

Thousands converged on the Ohio State football stadium. Police surrounded it and turned them away. Most headed back to High Street, where cruisers lined the middle of the street and a fire truck and SWAT vehicle were nearby. Some officers were wearing gas masks.

A police spokesman says 30 to 40 fires in trash cans and dumpsters have been reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.


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