Large Fight Breaks Out at Easter Carnival in South Philadelphia, 5 Arrested

A large fight prompted the early closure of an Easter carnival benefiting a South Philadelphia little league Sunday night and eventually led to five arrests, police said.

The fight involving a number of teens started around 7:30 p.m. at the Southeast Youth Athletic Association Easter carnival at 700 Packer Avenue, police said.

Officers quickly flooded the area and brought the disturbance under control.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and one person was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after having trouble breathing, officials said. It's not clear if they were involved in the fight.

The carnival operators opted to shut down the fair early because of the trouble, officials said.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said trouble broke out on the Broad Street Subway as a crowd of people made their way onto the line following the fight and carnival's closure.

Five people were arrested for disorderly conduct, Nestel said. SEPTA Police escorted the rest of the crowd to the Hunting Park station where they dispersed.

Police weren't immediately sure what sparked the initial fight.

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