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March 28, 2016

South Philadelphia Easter carnival forced to close early over large brawl

The carnival was a benefit for a Little League team

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Police on Patrol Thom Carroll, File/PhillyVoice

An Easter carnival fundraiser for a South Philadelphia Little League team came to an abrupt end Sunday evening after a massive fight amongst teenagers broke out, NBC10 reports.

Police responded to the scene at Seventh Street and Packer Avenue following reports of a large fight and mass chaos, reportedly made worse by someone erroneously shouting that shots had been fired.

Carnival organizers decided to prematurely end the event, which was a benefit for the Southeast Youth Athletic Association.

Police quickly confirmed the rumor of shots being fired as false. One person was taken to the hospital for difficulty breathing, but there was no word on whether the health concern was connected to the fight.

SEPTA officers told NBC10 individuals involved in the carnival brawl later caused a disturbance on SEPTA, and five were arrested.

Read the full NBC10 report here.