Fans burn couches, flip cars after Kentucky's win

BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press Published:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities say police used small amounts of pepper spray in their crowd control efforts after thousands of rowdy fans swarmed into the streets near the University of Kentucky campus after a victory over cross-state rival Louisville in a Final Four matchup.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts says riot police had been bracing for the possibility of post-game violence but didn't need to use pepper spray or gas in large amounts after people began setting couches ablaze and overturning cars.

She tells The Associated Press that about 150 officers were called out, saying there was a "very dangerous situation" because of fires and violence before crowds dispersed. She had no immediate damage estimate.