MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (KDKA/AP) – Police say eight people have been arrested and more than two dozen cited following riots that erupted in Morgantown after West Virginia University’s win over Baylor.
According to police, fans lit fires, pushed over street lights and threw rocks, beer bottles and other items at police.
Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the charges and criminal citations included underage consumption, malicious burning, destruction of property and disorderly conduct.
Preston said Tuesday in a news release that eight police cars belonging to several law enforcement agencies were damaged by rocks, beer bottles and construction debris thrown by rioters. A fire engine and two Morgantown fire marshal vehicles also were damaged.
“It becomes stressful for everyone involved, especially the firefighters and police officers, trying to get control of the situation when the crowds continue to escalate and increase around them,” City Manager Jeff Mikorski said.
The university has said any student found to be involved in the incidents will face sanctions, up to and including expulsion.
The university is continuing to review social media posts and video to try and identify others involved.
Mikorski said the city is also looking at a bill that would ban upholstered furniture from outdoor areas, saying while that won’t stop the behavior, it may take away some of the fuel.