MSU: Riot Police Near Michigan State University in East Lansing After Fires

December 8, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Riot police were reportedly deployed to a mass incident in East Lansing, Mich., after Michigan State University beat rival Ohio State on Saturday. Fires were reported in the city, and there were reports of cars being broken into.

Photos uploaded to Twitter showed throngs students photographing who appear to be riot police. The students and police were seen at Cedar Village apartments in East Lansing.

“Police matched away from the main couch fire, causing hundreds of students to follow singing Nah, Nah, nah…goodbye,'” wrote Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood.

The State News reported that flames were 15 feet high and people were throwing signs and chairs in the blaze. 

Livengood said there was a “mob” of people apparently causing a ruckus and said people ripped trees out of the ground to burn.

An Instagram video uploaded of the incident shows people carrying a couch, while shouting “burn that couch! Burn that couch!”

Some people indicated there was a riot.

“My back’s cut up from crowd surfing, my heads pounding, and I can’t feel the rest of my body, I love you my school. #msu #riot,” wrote one user.

Another added: “Couch on river street on fire #riot #eastlasning #msu”

Said another: “If you don’t go to MSU right now you are MISSING OUT BECAUSE IT’S A LITERAL RIOT!!!!!!”

MSU defeated OSU 34-24 on Saturday.

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