Bottles hurled at police during ruckus Saturday at Plymouth State
PLYMOUTH — There were no serious injuries reported in what was described by authorities and witnesses as a confrontation between police officers and students, with hundreds of students throwing dozens of glass bottles toward a group of 35 to 40 state, local and county police.
The Union-Leader reported no arrests were made and no property was seriously damaged in Saturday's incident, but police from numerous area towns were clearly nervous as bottles were being flung toward them at about midnight.
The problems began with a loud argument at the north end of Winter Street and police responded about 9 p.m. Students told The Union-Leader things "peaked" at about 11 p.m. when bottles began being thrown at police.
Students and authorities agreed that there were 300 to 400 students involved, “and I suspect many of them were intoxicated,” Plymouth Police Sgt. Derek Newcomb told The Union-Leader.
Newcomb said the size of the event “was very unusual, it doesn’t happen this big very often.”
University spokesman Bruce Lyndes Sunday night indicated the incident wasn't as bad as some reports.
"The university acknowledges that a large off-campus gathering occurred (Saturday) night," he said.
"We also understand a couple of fistfights occurred and there was some broken glass, after the police arrived and the crowd dissipated. We understand there were no arrests, no one was hurt and no property was damaged," Lyndes said.