Adrenaline or alcohol may be to blame for some behavior seen last night when thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans took the streets to celebrate the cities first win with reports of vandalism and looting.
Before the stories came piling in Sunday evening (Feb.4), the takedown traffic lights and street poles were seen on social media just after the Eagles beat the New England Patriots. Fans headed to Center City and city hall in all smiles as others were seen flipping cars on Broad and Walnut streets.
I just got hit with a parking light pic.twitter.com/FflzyY5JDe
— rone’s gamblin corner (@_rone) February 5, 2018
WPVI reports damage was also done to the Ritz Carlton after a group of people stood on the hotel’s awning.
The Ritz canopy has collapsed pic.twitter.com/9LBolLtIPY
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) February 5, 2018
The windows of Macy’s were also shattered. Ajennah Amir, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, confirmed to CNN that most of the vandalized acts were isolated. Philadelphia Police arrested three people related to disturbances while a small number of fans were hospitalized with injuries. “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 3 arrests,” the mayor’s office said Monday morning.
Amid the vandalism, there were some positive moments.
Fans united to sing the Philly National Anthem, also known as Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares.”
— Fabiola Cineas (@FabiolaCineas) February 5, 2018
There was also an officer very happy about the big win.
— Robert Moran (@RobertMoran215) February 5, 2018