Bucks fans shed tears of joy into tear gas

Bucks fans shed tears of joy into tear gas
SWAT responds to the scene. (Source: WOIO)
SWAT responds to the scene. (Source: WOIO)
Students had mixed reaction to the tear gas, from choking to vomiting. Many broke down, gasping for air. (Source: WOIO)
Students had mixed reaction to the tear gas, from choking to vomiting. Many broke down, gasping for air. (Source: WOIO)
Reporter Dan DeRoos could not avoid the tear gas. (Source: WOIO)
Reporter Dan DeRoos could not avoid the tear gas. (Source: WOIO)

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - We were there for the pride part of the celebration.

"Feels good to be a born and raised Buckeye. We're proud of our team!" a screaming fan yelled on High Street in Columbus.

We were also there for the painful part.

"I don't know why they needed to hit everyone [with tear gas]. It was just awful," freshman Maddie Franzoni told us with tears and mucus running

down her face.

In the moments after the Buckeyes victory, students literally poured onto High Street from the bars and from their homes nearby. The problems started when students shut down High Street. Two or three times, police and fire vehicles with sirens and horns blaring, drove into the crowds and were able to get the students to retreat to the sidewalks. But it wouldn't last long, and they were right back on the street.

"If you refuse to move out of the area, the police will move you from this area," the loud speaker warned from the Columbus Police SWAT armored vehicle.

Within 20 minutes of the celebration starting, tear gas was bringing it to a quick and painful end. Three or four rounds of smoke were set off and

sent students scattering. Some fell to their knees and vomited, some choked while running blindly for fresh air.

"I honestly don't know why they had to do that. I think everything was under control," one student said.

According to Commander Christopher Bowling with

, the decision to use tear gas was because the crowd was becoming too energized and wouldn't leave the area and stay out of the street.

In the end, there were five people arrested for starting small fires, but not 13

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and High, where tear gas was used. Those fires were set to dumpsters and couches off High.

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