BELLINGHAM, Wash - A block party turned into a clash between hundreds of college students and Bellingham Police late Saturday.
Bellingham Police say the riot started after 9:30 p.m. while officers were breaking up a large block party at an apartment complex near Jersey Street. Police say drunken students started throwing bottles and cans at them.
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Officers say the disturbance drew students from other parties to get involved in the riot.
Police in riot gear used smoke and flash-bangs and pepper spray to disperse the large crowd.
It's still not known how much damage was done and if anyone was injured in the incident.
I came to WWU this year as a freshman. I have never liked parties, drinking, and drugs, and part of the reason I came here was because WWU isn't known as a party school. Last night, however, some students tarnished the image of our university, and I and many others are disappointed for it, said one student.
The vast majority of students in Bellingham are good and law abiding people. In the end, I am happy the police were professional and that no one got killed. I hope that last night was the first and LAST time that anything like that will happen again.