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Official: Couch fires, arrests after Ky NCAA loss


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Police in Lexington used tear gas to control rowdy fans and several couch fires were lit in the streets after Kentucky fell to Connecticut in the NCAA basketball championship final.

Government official Susan Straub, said at least 17 couch fires were lit overnight in the State Street area of Lexington and there were 18 injuries, most of them minor and treated at the scene. She confirmed seven arrests but had no further details in releasing a statement early Tuesday.

She said in the statement that one of the injured was hit by a train in the State Street area and taken to a hospital. She had no further word on that person's condition or identity.

Shirtless youths streamed into the streets and lit fires soon after Kentucky's 60-54 loss to Connecticut on Monday night. Some were crying and others hugging after the defeat. The crowd continued to grow after the game despite a chilly, rain-soaked night in the Lexington area.

Reports said some fights broke out and bottles were thrown, but that police used tear gas to control the most unruly fans before the crowd dispersed overnight.

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beverlyamy1 April 08 2014 at 6:40 AM

thats hillbillys.....********.

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sukiwaowao April 08 2014 at 8:16 AM

It's a shame that "COLLEGE" students can behave in such an immature manner over a basketball game. A game that will neither make them or break them.

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Kelly April 08 2014 at 8:23 AM

what idiots these students were to do this terrible incident with couches involved and people getting injured. On top of this all Kentucky never won the game. Which makes no sense at all for them to do this in the first place.

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Mr Peters April 08 2014 at 8:28 AM

Why are young heterosexual males are so violent ... too much testosterone ?

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williambeasy April 08 2014 at 8:36 AM

Too bad they didn't display the same sportsmanship as the team.

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fishhead80 April 08 2014 at 8:36 AM

I would expel everyone of them. If a fire got out of control and people died we'd see them crying oh I so sorry. Expel the idiots.

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glers April 08 2014 at 9:01 AM

Alcohol is for idiots

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dave glers April 08 2014 at 9:26 AM

no it's there mind set I drink and I don't do these things
everyone wants to blame things and not the individual

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Susan glers April 08 2014 at 9:29 AM

I didn't see anything written about alcohol. It's just pathetic and obviously violent people with no life of their own.

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audacityplace April 08 2014 at 8:50 AM

On the path to Idiocracy (see the movie Idiocracy). If only there could be passion like this protesting "our" (the wealthy elites' bought &paid for) government in DC. (District of Corruption).

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HELLO POP ! audacityplace April 08 2014 at 9:29 AM

….yes, like the draft card burners in the 60's/70's. I wonder if we brought back the draft that that would keep these young adults distracted. Might have even changed the mess in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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bochemilner April 08 2014 at 8:55 AM

Police should be given the freedom to just start busting heads and forget about the teargas. Time to stop this criminal behavior in America. STOP playing games with thugs.

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dave bochemilner April 08 2014 at 9:28 AM

the lawyers would have fun with that... but I agree with you

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docush9 April 08 2014 at 9:09 AM

oh no they took the couch off their front lawns and burned them now what they gonna do for lawn furniture ?

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