Windows smashed, cars flipped and fires set: How Philadelphia descended into chaos as tens of thousands of jubilant Eagles fans swarmed the streets to celebrate shock Super Bowl victory

Monday, February 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

Thousands of Philadelphians poured into the streets to celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl win on Sunday night
The Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in dramatic fashion at U.S. Bank Field in Minneapolis
Despite police greasing up poles across the city with hydraulic fluid, fans were still been able to climb them
Philadelphia police officers stood guard as revelers poured into the streets in unprecedented numbers
Some started fires while others clambered up on to a hotel awning causing the structure to collapse
Disgusting footage shows a man eating horse excrement while windows were broken at two city stores
Philly Mayor’s Office said Monday morning that only three people have been arrested

5 February 2018

Thousands of fans took to the streets of Philadelphia as they celebrated the Eagles’ first ever Super Bowl championship – but the joy quickly descended into mayhem.

Passionate supporters lit fires, flipped a car, smashed shop windows and clambered up traffic poles after their team defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in dramatic fashion at U.S. Bank Field in Minneapolis.

At one point a hotel awning at the city’s Ritz-Carlton collapsed under the weight of fans while the windows at the Macy’s near City Hall and a T-Mobile were smashed as celebrations got out of hand.

Police, some on horseback, had earlier been called in as huge crowds descended on the streets. One fan was later seen eating horse excrement as jubilant crowds cheered him on.

Fans piled into the streets across the City of Brotherly Love, from Center City to Northeast Philly – marching, jumping and screaming in utter chaos.

The raucous scenes followed the Eagles’ stunning victory over the defending champion New England Patriots in the NFL’s championship showpiece.

The triumph marked the first time a Philadelphia team had won a championship since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008 – when street celebrations devolved into looting and vandalism and more than 70 people were arrested.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Monday morning that just three people were arrested in the Super Bowl celebrations.

‘Tens of thousands came out and celebrated this amazing victory last night, and but for a handful of bad actors the celebration was peaceful and jubilant. there were only three arrests. We’re thankful for our PPD for their assistance in getting the crowds dispersed and people home safely,’ the statement read.

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