Independence Day celebrations got out of hand late last night when an unruly crowd of urban youth converged on Center City.
It was around midnight, south of City Hall on South Broad Street, when innocent bystanders got caught up in a spontaneous crowd.
As the crowds cleared for the night, a chaotic scene erupted on South Broad Street, near City Hall. Viewer video, obtained exclusively by Action News, shows an unruly crowd of young people flooded into the streets. Police rushed to the scene.
Jay Ingersoll captured the home video. Jay explains to Action News, “We left the fireworks probably not even five minutes into [the show] . . . and we left and we walked down Chestnut Street. And we got to 15th and Chestnut and we heard ‘Flash mob, flash mob, flash mob!’“
He said he saw fights breaking out, people getting punched as police moved in to try and make arrests.