Hundreds of disappointed basketball fans in the state of Michigan provoked a pogrom in the streets of East Lansing after the Spartans lost 61-51 Texas technician in the national semifinal on Saturday evening throwing bottles and breaking street signs. The East Lansing Police Department said in a statement Sunday that the crowd gathered at a crossroads in the city center right after the game. After about 30 minutes, the fans moved to another intersection, where they began to block traffic and threw glass bottles into the air. Officials estimated that the crowd is between 1200 and 1500 people at its peak. The department also said that the fire brigades responded to 10 small fires throughout the city, which "consisted of small pieces of furniture, and around these lights there were no crowds gathered."
Students and fans of Michigan have a history of rebellious behavior after important basketball games. In 1999, after the loss of the Final Four for the Duke, thousands of students and admirers quarreled outside the campus, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses and resulted in 132 arrests. Fewer unrest triggered the loss of North Carolina in the 2004 finals, as well as after the school's football team won the Tenth Championship in 2013.
Police in Lubbock, Texas, were also busy on Saturday evening by fans.
Videos and photographs showed at least one fire burning in the street and inverted car.
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"Do not burn Lubbock before we come back," said Med Mooney. "I know it was crazy there. Just be safe."
City Lubbock said in a statement that hundreds of fans were gathering around the campus and "engaged in an extremely dangerous and frustrating behavior that included vandalism of property." 19659005] Associated Press contributed to this report.