- Denver police department deployed its riot squad following Super Bowl 50
- Hundreds of Broncos fans took to the streets of Denver after the game
- Sections of downtown Denver were closed off by riot police after the game
- Police fired pepper spray grenades in an effort to disperse the crowds
Darren Boyle for MailOnline
04:40 EST, 8 February 2016
08:49 EST, 8 February 2016
Denver police fired pepper spray at drunken fans celebrating the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Hundreds of fans took to the streets in downtown Denver following the Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
However, Denver police soon deployed its riot squad and began firing pepper spray grenades into the fans in order to disperse them.
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Denver Police, pictured, fired pepper spray at fans who were celebrating the Broncos’ win over the Panthers
Police used special launchers, pictured, to fire the tear gas bombs into the crowd in order to disperse them
Hundreds of fans took to the streets following yesterday’s crunch game when about a dozen got arrested
At one point, several dozen police formed a united front near the 16th Street pedestrian mall to disperse a crowd trying to make its way down the street.
The Denver Post says police did use pepper spray on some people, and a window on a police cruiser was shattered in an area where people tossed trash cans in the street.
Denver police reported that 12 people had been arrested following the Super Bowl, most for criminal mischief. However some were taken into custody for starting fires or throwing objects, such as bottles of beer at officers.
Two men were arrested on gun related charges.
Social media users posted footage of the police operation online.
Denver police confirmed that at least two of the revelers were arrested on suspicion of gun charges
Police in full riot gear took to the streets of Denver last night to deal with the impromptu celebrations
Hundreds of people thronged the streets of Denver after the Colorado team’s victory in Super Bowl 50
Denver Police said they arrested a dozen people, including this man who is accused of throwing a trash can
Some of the fans required treatment after they were hit by the pepper spray deployed by the police
Twitter users criticised the heavy-handed response by the police department in Denver following the game
Hundreds of fans took to the streets in impromptu celebrations following last night’s 24-10 victory
Heavily protected riot police units were deployed in the city center following last night’s victory
Denver police confirmed that a dozen people were arrested for a range of offences including gun crimes
Denver police closed several streets in Denver as they attempted to restore order to the city center
Several streets in the city were closed by police as they attempted to disperse the fans.
Witnesses reported that officers sprayed fans with pepper spray and fired ‘gas-filled pepper balls’ into the crowd.
Tamrick Ortegon, 21, told the Denver Post: ‘When people acted out toward the cops they retaliated. It’s reasonable when you get a bottle thrown at you. I saw a beer bottle go through the back of a cop car. It would have gotten out of hand without the police presence.’
Jessica Palmer said: ‘It’s a mess down here. All of this police stuff is so excessive. If there’s something that goes down, then I guess I’m glad there are so many around, but otherwise stand back. Everyone is just trying to celebrate.’
Dominic Dincola added: ‘Both sides were acting ridiculous, but it hyped it up a lot more. I mean the Broncos did just win the Super Bowl.’
Longtime supporter Susan Tomlinson summed it up for many: ‘I’ve been a Broncos fan for 45 years. Way to go! What a run off for (Peyton) Manning for his last rodeo.’
Revelers let off fireworks in the streets following the dramatic Denver win in Super Bowl 50 in California
Denver Police fired pepper spray and pepper spray grenades into the fans in order to disperse them
Some witnesses believed the police were justified in their handling of the situation in Denver
Some of the police, pictured, looked like military personnel after they were deployed to the city center
Police put on gas masks before shooting pepper spray grenades into the crowds following the game
Police closed several roads in Denver city center as they attempted to disperse the post-match crowds
There were no reports of any serious injuries in Denver following last night’s violent scenes
Broncos fans packed the bars and clubs of Denver to watch their team defeat South Carolina last night
The vast majority of all the supporters were well behaved, if somewhat noisy, following the historic win
Denver police closed several roads in the city’s downtown area as fans spread across the carriageway
Last night’s spontaneous celebrations took police in the city by surprise who were accused of over reacting
Police used specialist guns to fire tear gas grenades in order to disperse the revelers from the city’s streets
Police were equipped with gas masks, helmets, tear gas guns and tactical vests to deal with the crowd