Fight Between 2 Teens Grows Into 200 In Center City; 14 Arrested - FOX 13 News

Fight Between 2 Teens Grows Into 200 In Center City; 14 Arrested

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Several police officers are seen in the area of 16th and Chestnut, where a large fight was broken up Tuesday. Several police officers are seen in the area of 16th and Chestnut, where a large fight was broken up Tuesday.
PHILADELPHIA -

From the air, SkyFOX captured an enormous amount of activity in the area of Chestnut near 15th Street in Center City. On the ground FOX 29 cameras were there as police moved in and arrested more than a dozen teens after a fight between two girls grew into a melee involving nearly 200.

"It got crazy. Everybody was pushing and shoving," said Nicholas Adams. The sneaker store where he worked even locked its doors.

Adams said, "We didn't want them running into our store knocking stuff over. We had people inside the store who we didn't want to let out because we didn't want them to get trampled."

police arrested more than a dozen teens as the rowdy kids ran toward Broad Street.

Lakia Garrick watched it from her job at Wendy's on the corner.

"All of a sudden, all these kids just started running in here. Then the cops came in and cleared the store out and told us we can't serve nobody until they cleared downtown," Garrick said.

As police cleared the street and dispersed crowds of people watching, some of the teens also got violent with them.

"Bottles were thrown at police but no injuries to police," said Chief Inspector Cynthia Dorsey.

Gilbert Hernandez had a clear view of it all from the window of his pizza shop. "I saw them running back and forth, back and forth."

Most in the area say they see this every year and it was only a matter of time before it happened again.

"We were waiting for it. Every time it gets warm out they just act crazy," said Lakia.

Police say about three schools in the area were letting out around the time the brawl happened. Bike cops already in the area acted quickly to restore order. Police are looking to step up presence even more in wake of what happened.

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