Fan Watch: The great, and unruly, party subsides after 2 a.m.

Matt Katz writes:

Just after 2 a.m., the police show of force continued, with officers on motorcycles and horseback clearing the streets around Broad. Initially, the police pushed out fans west and east of Broad, which caused some problems around the periphery for a while after midnight. A dumpster fire errupted at 16th and Walnut shortly before 2 a.m. in front of a Starbucks, but the Fire Department arrived quickly and doused the paper fire. 

One eyewitness said the police seemed to have been instructed to respond only to acts of property damage, and violence to others. Officers let fans celebrate, often wildly.

The motorcycle police rode down the sidewalks on Walnut Street, clearing stragglers out. While there were still people screaming and partying in Center City after two, the great celebration was winding down.