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Police Searching For Rutgers Students Involved In Rowdy Block Party

A couch burns during 'Delafest' near Rutgers University in New Brunswick (credit: CBS 2)

A couch burns during ‘Delafest’ near Rutgers University in New Brunswick (credit: CBS 2)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police are going over videos from last weekend looking to identify people at a block party near Rutgers that got violent.

Four students were arrested and 16 others were ticketed for a ‘Delafest’ street party that got out of hand in New Brunswick last weekend.

Police have released pictures hoping to identify more students involved in the rowdy party.

As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, Delafield Street is lined with multi-level houses mostly filled with off-campus Rutgers students.

“I don’t think they should be arresting anymore, but we’ll see,” a Rutgers senior who lives on the block told Putney. “I think we should just get a warning, hopefully it won’t happen again.”

‘Delafest’ was an unofficial attempt that students said was intended to replace the canceled ‘Rutgersfest,’ which had been shut down by the university for getting too disruptive.

Hundreds of students were drinking at Saturday’s street party, but things turned violent when a couch was set on fire in the middle of the street.

“I don’t know why anybody even did that. I know there was someone trying to stop it,” the student told Putney. “Everybody was just having a good time, it just got out of hand. But stuff happens.”

Broken bottles littered the street as the massive party got more out of hand. Police in riot gear turned up and used pepper spray to disperse the crowd so the fire could be put out.

“It was a good time but you can’t go that crazy,” the student told Putney. “But I don’t mind it too much.”

No one was injured.

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