Colorado carnival morphs into mob scene; crowd fights police

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Posted: Apr 27, 2015 11:42 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three teens have been arrested after a carnival turned sour and police struggled to control a hostile crowd of more than 150 people.

The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1J3apjx ) that police were called to Wright's Amusements Giant Carnival on Saturday evening to break up a 15-person fight.

But sheriff's office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said it was more like 75 people by the time deputies arrived.

She said 25 deputies were surrounded by a jeering crowd before Colorado Springs police turned up to help about 45 minutes later.

At one point, the angry crowd tried to tip over the ticket booth with attendants inside.

Kirby said the crowd continued to taunt officers after things died down by throwing dirt, rocks and bottles.

No one was injured.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com