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Fans arrested on College Park streets after win against Duke

Updated, 1:30 a.m.:

Campus and county police arrested several people early Thursday morning as police tried to disperse crowds on campus and on Route 1, said Paul Dillon, a spokesman for the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety. Charges were not known.

He said that authorities had to extinguish two fires around 1 a.m. In one, a tree was ignited outside of Montgomery Hall. Some trash cans were set ablaze outside McKeldin Mall.

Dillon said that Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Police were on horseback and Prince George's County officers on foot were used to disperse crowds along Route 1.

Original Post:Prince George's County fire department tweeted a brief caution at the start of Wednesday night's celebration in College Park after Maryland upset Duke, 79-72.

"Great win MD TERPS - fans - please celebrate safely!!!"

In years past, big wins and losses have often been hailed and lamented with rowdiness. Fires have been set; light poles climbed, and students occasionally injured.

Across the campus Wednesday night, authorities prepared for all outcomes, calling in Maryland State police troopers, Prince George's County police and the county fire department to augment the campus force.

The early report from College Park, from Post photographer colleague Sarah L. Voisin, who was assigned to the area: "They have Route 1 shut down at Knox Road."

Authorities reported no serious incidents as of about 11:30 p.m.

Check back at The Crime Scene Thursday morning to see if any serious problems erupted.

Oh, and congrats, Terps fans.

-- Clarence Williams

By Clarence Williams  |  March 4, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
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I think Terps across the country are celebrating, and most are not surprised that PG County police were getting ready for this as they should be.

Posted by: snguyenm | March 4, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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