Philadelphia Police report vandalism, injuries in Super Bowl celebration

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Philadelphia fans took to the streets to celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory on Sunday night, kept celebrating into Monday morning, and some fans celebrated too hard.

Police in riot gear are patrolling the streets, but they haven’t been able to prevent fans from climbing light poles and breaking windows. Some injuries have been reported. Police have not released any information about any arrests.

“We have had several acts of vandalism where windows have been smashed, and some injuries have been reported around light poles that have been pulled down,” the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement. “We have one report of looting at a gas station. There have been no fatalities.”

The city attempted to take precautionary measures such as lubricating light poles to prevent fans from climbing them, but in some cases that failed to keep fans from climbing atop them, and in some cases the poles fell under the fans’ weight.

The night the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in 2008, police made 76 arrests related to fans celebrating.

65 responses to “Philadelphia Police report vandalism, injuries in Super Bowl celebration

  1. Philly fans smashing windows, looting, vandalism, overturning cars, starting fires, assaults…but the good news is “there have been no fatalities”. And this is after a win? God only knows what would have happened if the Eagles would have lost.

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhh……, yes. The city of class

    They should act like they’ve been there before. Oh, wait.

  3. rgorr44 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 5:41 am
    Of course, it’s Philadelphia.

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    I guess you don’t remember what happened in Detroit when the Bill Laimbeer Pistons won the NBA title, huh? And how about the riots that took place in Detroit in 1984 after the Tigers won the World Series? Cops were injured in those riots by beer bottles thrown at them.
    Or how about what UCLA fans did in 1995? They poured out of bars and rioted and threw beer bottles and stones at cops, too.
    In 2000, Lakers fans rioted after they won the NBA title. They overturned cars and lit fires and fought with police.
    In 2011, Vancouver fans rioted after the Canucks lost to the Bruins. They vandalized property and businesses, causing extensive damage.
    It happened in 1993 in Montreal, too, after the Canadiens beat the Kings. The damage they caused was estimated to be 2.5 million dollars and over 160 people were arrested.
    In 1979, the White Sox came up with a hair brain idea to blow up a container with disco records inside it between games of a doubleheader. After they blew it up, the fans stormed the field and practically destroyed it. The second game was forfeited by the White Sox.
    In 1974, the Indians decided to have 10 cent beer night. You can guess what happened. many drunk fans began throwing things on the field and fights broke out.
    In 1998, after the Broncos won the Super Bowl, some 10,000 fans began looting and overturning cars. Twenty people were arrested.
    In 2004, after Boston won the World Series, a riot broke out and one fan was killed in an altercation with the police.
    These are just a few of the many incidents involving riotous fans.
    Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident and it happens a lot in places other than Philadelphia. There is a certain percentage of people in this country and around the world (need I talk about soccer fans around the world?) today who are morons. I stopped going to NFL games because of all the drunk punks who act like jerks.
    Philadelphia always gets slammed for this stuff, and it’s unfair that the great majority of good Philly fans get lumped in with the jerks who do this kind of stuff.
    The irony to me is when the police arrest them, many of the same people who slam Philly fans criticize the cops for doing their jobs.

  4. They were excited that they got to play the pats and didn’t have to play the refs also.

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    So the NFL decided to favor the Pats all season and then in SB didn’t. Got it.

    God you’re stupid

  5. The problem with Philly fans is that they can’t handle their alcohol. Congrats on wining the Super Bowl. You earned it. Now you have……… just one.

  6. Brilliant. Such creative thinking with all the ‘Of course, it’s Philly’comments. It is also utterly classless to call an entire region of people classless out of misinformed laziness. Please come up with some new material instead of letting other people do your thinking for you.

    Sadly, this report doesn’t sound half bad compared to lots of celebrations in other cities.

  7. ZZZZZZZ…TRITE STORY LINE. As if this has never happened anywhere before. It’s only a story because it’s Philly. FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

  8. Sadly, this is more of a commentary about society instead of any one particular fanbase. It just gives people another excuse to act like idiots.

  9. It wasn’t kids, it wasn’t just morons who showed up looking fro trouble. It was all ages, all types of people. Sad thing is, these people pride themselves in this behavior–the same loud mouth a-hole “tough guys” who would hurt you badly (or so they say) if you vandalized their property, see it as good fun to destroy others’ property. Of course, not all Philly fans are like this–but too many are. It is truly troubling in some ways–yet, this is the story–not Nick Foles cinderalla season, the amazing WR and TE play. A rookie kicker whalloping a 46 yarder–or, the biggest story yet–Belichick OUTCOACHED, at seemingly every turn. Instead–stories about light poles being torn down, a business destroyed, an ostrich stolen from the zoo and electrocuted. This is how Philly wants to be remembered. While its fans are vermin, the org is classy, as are its players in this era.

  10. Meanwhile Patriot fans raised a congratulatory toast to the victors then shrugged it off and moved on to whatever the future might hold. Life has been too good to do anything else.

  11. Its a national pastime for the media to find ANYTHING negative about Philadelphia and it’s fans. This behavior happens in every city by a few idiots after a championship. I don’t approve but come on!……QUIT trying to make Philadelphia look bad.

  12. This type of crap is not exclusive to Philly. It is a common occurrence in major cities when their sports team wins a championship or when a jury hands out a verdict they don’t like. It is pure idiocy and the people involved have some sort of mental issues. How does “Yay, my team won” or “Boo, bad verdict” turn into “Let’s break windows, turn over cars and steal some Nikes”? Brain damage beyond anything CTE could induce.

  13. All those claiming it’s just the small portion of the fans who give all the others a bad name, clearly have not lived in or around Philadelphia. I lived in Delaware County for 8 years, seen it first hand, it is the complete opposite…a small portion of the fans are decent humans, the MAJORITY of the fans are the ones giving all fans a bad name as they think it’s their thing to continue to keep the stereotype alive and well. They thrive on the santa snowballs and battery throwing. They think it makes them tough and cool. Don’t believe me? move there and live there and you will see it is fact. the majority of the fans really are the derelicts you see in the media stories, the small number of fans are decent.

  14. Wellman says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:32 am
    Meanwhile Patriot fans raised a congratulatory toast to the victors then shrugged it off and moved on to whatever the future might hold. Life has been too good to do anything else.
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    LOL That’s what Pats fans did? Was that before or after the whining about the TD reviews, the supposedly “illegal” formation on the Foles TD catch, the Gronk being held all game (he wasn’t), the “late hits” on Brady (there weren’t any), and on and on and on?

  15. Hello everyone it happens in every city. You just here about Philly because it’s a big city and has a reputation from the national media. Come on folks lets not think it’s the only place it happens.

  16. I guess you don’t remember what happened in Detroit when the Bill Laimbeer Pistons won the NBA title, huh? And how about the riots that took place in Detroit in 1984 after the Tigers won the World Series? Cops were injured in those riots by beer bottles thrown at them.
    Or how about what UCLA fans did in 1995? They poured out of bars and rioted and threw beer bottles and stones at cops, too.
    In 2000, Lakers fans rioted after they won the NBA title. They overturned cars and lit fires and fought with police.
    In 2011, Vancouver fans rioted after the Canucks lost to the Bruins. They vandalized property and businesses, causing extensive damage.
    It happened in 1993 in Montreal, too, after the Canadiens beat the Kings. The damage they caused was estimated to be 2.5 million dollars and over 160 people were arrested.
    In 1979, the White Sox came up with a hair brain idea to blow up a container with disco records inside it between games of a doubleheader. After they blew it up, the fans stormed the field and practically destroyed it. The second game was forfeited by the White Sox.
    In 1974, the Indians decided to have 10 cent beer night. You can guess what happened. many drunk fans began throwing things on the field and fights broke out.
    In 1998, after the Broncos won the Super Bowl, some 10,000 fans began looting and overturning cars. Twenty people were arrested.
    In 2004, after Boston won the World Series, a riot broke out and one fan was killed in an altercation with the police.
    These are just a few of the many incidents involving riotous fans.
    Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident and it happens a lot in places other than Philadelphia. There is a certain percentage of people in this country and around the world (need I talk about soccer fans around the world?) today who are morons. I stopped going to NFL games because of all the drunk punks who act like jerks.
    Philadelphia always gets slammed for this stuff, and it’s unfair that the great majority of good Philly fans get lumped in with the jerks who do this kind of stuff.
    The irony to me is when the police arrest them, many of the same people who slam Philly fans criticize the cops for doing their jobs.
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    I think we all remember those things. I dont however remember Anyone and EVERYONE predicting those things were going happen, and then those things happened PLUS someone ate horse crap off the street. Since it was predicted and then it totally happened makes it fair…..and true.

  17. Every time Ohio State wins a national title, this happens. Chicago Cubs win the World Series, this happened. Golden State wins the NBA title, this happened. Montreal Canadiens win their 25th Stanley Cup, fans act as though they never won and this happens.

    Yet somehow, this becomes a “Philly fans” thing.

  18. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:38 am
    Its a national pastime for the media to find ANYTHING negative about Philadelphia and it’s fans. This behavior happens in every city by a few idiots after a championship. I don’t approve but come on!……QUIT trying to make Philadelphia look bad.

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    I just watched a video of a guy walking around with a small tree he uprooted in downtown Philly.

    I think Philly did a pretty good job of making themselves look bad without anyones help.

  19. The fact that you can actually name the other incidents where this happens PROVES that it isn’t a common occurrence. The majority of cities know how to celebrate a big victory without destroying their own community. I guess Philly isn’t one of them. But hey, in the words of their enabling police chief at least “there have been no reports of fatalities”. So at least there’s that.

  20. There were 3 arrests last night in a city of almost 2 million people. There were 6 arrests last night at UMass because of the loss. They rioted in Seattle and assaulted a police officer after the Seahawks won. I was in the city on Broad street last night. It was intense and Joyous but it was not a riot and police officers were not assaulted. Grow up people and get a new story line. This one is old and tired. Almost as old as the “Show me the eagles rings” line. Guess what. We have a ring to show you now and for the cowboys fans out there, take a guess which finger it will be on.

  21. Florioismyhero says:
    February 5, 2018 at 10:08 am
    All those claiming it’s just the small portion of the fans who give all the others a bad name, clearly have not lived in or around Philadelphia. I lived in Delaware County for 8 years, seen it first hand, it is the complete opposite…a small portion of the fans are decent humans, the MAJORITY of the fans are the ones giving all fans a bad name as they think it’s their thing to continue to keep the stereotype alive and well. They thrive on the santa snowballs and battery throwing. They think it makes them tough and cool. Don’t believe me? move there and live there and you will see it is fact. the majority of the fans really are the derelicts you see in the media stories, the small number of fans are decent.
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    I do live in Philly and you are dead wrong. If the majority of fans are like this then there would have been 1 million arrests last night. Your commentary is false and you are clearly tainted by your fandome of another team. which is fine but my bet is you are a cowboys or giants fan that moved to Philly. you were really loud and obnoxious and then got pissed when people told you to shut your damn mouth. I lived in North Jersey once and had people burn my eagles flag on the front of my house. do I think Giants fans are all bad people? no. I realized there are jerks everywhere but they are the vast minority. Grow Up

  22. I feel good for the Eagles players and coaches and the many Eagles fans who are fine, upstanding citizens. This kind of rioting happens in every city to some degree when their team wins a championship. There are losers everywhere. It just seems that the proportion of losers in the fanbase is much higher in Philadelphia than in other cities. I only say that because that’s what they’ve been saying all week on this board and in interviews I’ve heard. They pride themselves on acting like animals.

  23. Geez, Philadelphia is an embarrassment. They don’t know how to lose or win. I guess any city that throws battery filled snowballs at the other teams and Santa Claus is looking for any excuse to riot. You may have won the Super Bowl but you are still a city of losers.

  24. Congrats to all Eagles fans. I know how it’s like finally having your team win the SB.

    I love the passion Philly fans show, minus the idiocity, which isn’t unique to Philly fans only.

    I was rooting for Foles and Long yesterday and am glad Philly won.

    Signed,
    A Niners fan

  25. Wow—Real quiet out here on this Mountain in Oregon. Nobody burning down and destroying cities. Must be all those big cities where that happens. Woops, vandalism taking place out in my yard. It’s those Elk again——

  26. texmike says:
    February 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    Geez, Philadelphia is an embarrassment. They don’t know how to lose or win. I guess any city that throws battery filled snowballs at the other teams and Santa Claus is looking for any excuse to riot. You may have won the Super Bowl but you are still a city of losers.
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    You’ve taken three completely different stories and come up with one that is almost completely false.

    I think I’ve explained the Santa Claus thing a thousand times and I really don’t feel like going over it again. Do your own research.

    No one ever threw “battery filled” snowballs.

    Eagles fans never threw batteries at anyone.

    And if I need to say this again… THREE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED LAST NIGHT. THREE.

  27. Only 3 were arrested…that is the problem with Philly. You have a culture that permits being like this. Is knocking a light pole down against the law? I read an article that every light pole on a street was ripped down. Was that one person that got arrested? How about spray painting a garbage truck? Must have been that pesky 2nd person. How about breaking store windows and looting. Obviously the 3rd person…
    Or maybe…your police officers sit on their hands when they should be arresting the idiots acting like that? You permit this behavior and what’s worse your culture encourages it.

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