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Somali Teens Wage War in Minneapolis, Firefight With Police Terrifies Residents

DEVELOPING STORY: Hundreds of Somali-American teenagers got into a firefight Tuesday night with police and residents of a Minneapolis neighborhood. A number of people were injured and police reported several arrests.

“Cops, people fighting and stuff. There were people throwing fireworks at cops and everything it was crazy,” a witness told television station WCCO. “Me personally, I haven’t done it.”

Video of the attacks, which you can watch below, terrified local residents. It looked like a war zone.

Erin Gormley, a caretaker for her condominium, was seen literally under fire.

“They were shooting explosives at me because I was protecting the property,” she told the local Fox television station.

Armed with a garden hose, Gormley tried to douse shrubs, trees, and even those igniting the fireworks, all while pleading with them to go home and receiving profanity-laced threats in return, the television station reported.

“They had no regard for anything, they were putting fireworks, like explosive ones, under the cars,” she said.

Police chief Brian O’Hara told Minnesota Public Radio officers came under repeated fire from Roman candles and other aerial fireworks among throngs of gawkers. 

“There were definitely instances of very dangerous behavior, very egregious behavior and it is very frustrating, because it is increasingly challenging to deal with,” O’Hara said.

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