What started on the streets of Philadelphia as a joyous celebration of the Eagles’ first Super Bowl championship Sunday night, quickly turned rowdy and destructive as night gave way to morning.
Boisterous fans smashed a Macy’s store window, looters broke into a convenience store and other revelers flipped over a car, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Three people fell to the ground from light poles and lost consciousness, while other fans were seen in an online video leaping off a hotel entrance’s awning.
At least one car was seen ablaze in an online video.
Video posted to social media showed the awning outside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel collapsing with more than a dozen people on it, but it was unclear if there were any injuries.
Rowdy fans could also be seen looting and trashing a Sunoco gas station, with some yelling “everything is free!”
Television footage and posts on social media showed Philadelphia on Sunday night erupting in joy after its beloved Eagles captured their first Super Bowl title — and first NFL championship since 1960 — by beating the New England Patriots, 41-33.
Dustin Seidman, 42, and his wife Staci, 41, told the Associated Press they decided to bring their 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter to the festivities on Broad Street, even as drunken fans sprayed beer and climbed trash trucks, street poles and whatever else they could find.
There were many other young kids on Broad Street, with parents weaving strollers between people and cars and some even holding infants in carriers. One youngster rode a scooter while wearing an Eagles helmet.
“We wouldn’t miss this,” Dustin Seidman said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
FOX29 in Philadelphia said its cameras caught Eagles fans streaming out of bars in the city’s Mayfair section, and fireworks could be seen overhead.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced that plans for an Eagles victory parade would be announced Monday. The mayor’s statement included the following:
“For so many who have called themselves Eagles fans for a generation, this is the day, the game, the season, and the team we’ve dreamed of. The 2017-18 Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions, and they’ve brought tremendous joy to hundreds of thousands throughout the City and region.”
Kenney continued: “We know you have waited years, some for decades, for the chance to crown your Birds as champs. I urge everyone to celebrate in a way that is safe and respectful to everyone from neighbors to strangers. Go forth and celebrate, but do so in a way that will make Philadelphia shine.”
Dave Spitzer was leaving the area around City Hall as fireworks shot off and a man behind him knocked the signal off a traffic pole, but made sure to stop to shake an officer’s hand as he left.
“It seems to be under control that the city hasn’t burned to the ground yet,” Spitzer told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I think they’re handling it pretty well.”
The Eagles’ victory was the city’s first major professional sports championship since 2008, when baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series.
Following that victory, 76 fans were arrested and some downtown businesses were looted, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Officials have not yet announced how many arrests were made or how many injuries were reported during Sunday night’s celebrations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.