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Weekend off-campus party gets violent in Kalamazoo Saturday

KALAMAZOO, MI (WTVB) - Kalamazoo Public Safety had to use tear-gas to break up an off-campus party on Saturday that got out of hand. For the second weekend in a row, students threw a “house crawl”, which has become an annual end-of-the-school-year event.  It’s a movable party in the Lafayette Street area. With the help of the nice weather and twitter, it grew to an estimated 2,000 people.  

Kalamazoo Public Safety initially chose to just monitor the event until fights began breaking out between the students. When the officers intervened, the crowd turned on them.  Rocks and bottles were thrown and the officers responded with riot gear and tear gas, which dispersed the crowd. Furniture was burned and the streets were littered with broken glass and cans. There were no reports of injuries and no arrests yet.