Updated Apr. 26, 12:45 a.m.
Large crowds of a few hundred high-school aged West Philadelphia residents gathered at 40th and Walnut streets Saturday night before being dispersed by police.
One person reportedly assaulted a police officer, according to a member of the Philadelphia Police Department, though this report was contradicted by other police officers. Other officers said large crowds of people were rushing out of the Bridge movie theater at 40th and Walnut streets.
Division of Public Safety spokeswoman Stef Cella wrote in an e-mail that about 10 juveniles were arrested for disorderly conduct. She attributed the crowds to the warm weather.
She added that the crowds were not related to Penn Relays, which ended Saturday afternoon.
Police blocked off Walnut St. heading west at 39th St. and 40th St. between Walnut and Market streets. The McDonalds at 40th and Walnut streets was closed.
The crowds of people - which gathered as early as 9 p.m. and were still being dispersed at 12 a.m. Sunday - were being told to move away from the area, and Penn students were encouraged to stay away from the corner, students reported.Comments powered by Disqus
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