Caught on video: Drivers cause chaos in Philly's Spring Garden neighborhood

Police say officers were able to disperse the vehicles and crowd.
Monday, March 13, 2023
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A group of drivers caused chaos in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section this weekend.

Viewer video shows the smoking rubber and dangerous driving near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday at about 11 p.m.

"It was basically, Spring Garden got turned into a bit of a parking lot. There were cars doing donuts in the intersection of Pennsylvania and Spring Garden. It was very loud," said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

Philadelphia police say there were several hundred cars in the car meet. Officers did not make any arrests.

Saturday's event is not the first time something like this happened in the city.

Action News has covered multiple incidents over the past few years around Philadelphia, including in the fall of 2021 outside City Hall.

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Following the City Hall incident, the mayor released a statement saying that they were working with the police department to ensure that these reckless incidents didn't happen in the future.

Some of the neighbors in Fairmount say it took too long for police to respond on Saturday night.

Officers were called in and eventually were able to disperse the vehicles and the crowd, but neighbors now hope the city will step in.

"They need to reconfigure this intersection. It's one of the worst intersections in the city, in my opinion. Too many streets coming in at too many weird angles. Huge open space and in the middle of the night, it's very tempting," said Cameron Abrams, who lives nearby.

No one was injured.
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