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They streamed from the bars and the house parties at 10:18 p.m., a teeming mass of raucous revelers ready to seize the streets.
And Philadelphia police were ready – with officers arrayed down South Broad Street, at Temple University, in Mayfair, and on Main Street in Manayunk – lined up at each location as if daring the masses to do their worst.
City - Eagles - NFL - Title - Dwight
As the city turned out to celebrate the Eagles’ first NFL title since Dwight Eisenhower was president, the party was at times chaotic but no more so than many had predicted. Still, as the night wore on, property damage spread.
“This city is about to explode,” said an officer stationed at Broad and Walnut Streets as the clock ran out in Minneapolis and masses poured into the streets of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia - Police - Windows - Revelers - Macy
Philadelphia police guard windows shattered by revelers at the Macy’s department store across from City Hall after the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory Sunday night.
Just before 12:30 a.m., revelers smashed a display window at the Macy’s department store across from City Hall, and looters burst into a Sunoco APlus convenience store at Broad and Catharine Streets, grabbing merchandise and screaming, “Everything is free.”
Fans - Poles - City - Efforts - Fixtures
Fans clambered up light poles, despite the city’s best efforts to keep them off by slathering the fixtures in hydraulic fluid. And by the end of the night, nearly all of the light poles on the east side of City Hall had been toppled.
Even before that, rowdy fans had flipped a car parked outside the Hyatt at the Bellevue, and officers were called in after three people fell from light poles and lost consciousness at Broad and Arch Streets. The awning of the Ritz-Carlton hotel across from City Hall collapsed under the weight of people seeking a bird’s eye view of the crowds.
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