19 arrested during Texas Mardi Gras celebration

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Associated Press

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Nineteen people have been arrested in Galveston as police officers dodging glass bottles used pepper spray to disperse late-night Mardi Gras revelers.

Police were attempting to move the crowd out of downtown early Sunday to bring the celebration to a close. But some in the crowd had moved barriers into a street and they began throwing bottles when police tried to push aside the fencing, which was used to line a parade route.

Police say two canisters of pepper spray were used to break up the crowd. They say a gang member was a primary cause of the disturbance.

There were no injuries reported and no significant property damage.

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