Chaos ensues after large crowd gathers on North Broad Street, police say

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police said a large crowd gathered on North Broad street turned violent, looting a mini-mart and damaging police property late Saturday into early Sunday.

Police said about 200 people gathered on the 3100 block of North Broad Street around 11:30 p.m.

Officers arrived to disperse the crowd, but officials said the crowd then became rowdy, breaking out the windows of the police cars. Police report that fireworks were launched at a responding police helicopter.

After midnight, a gas station at Broad and Clearfield streets was looted and a nearby McDonald's was shut down as a precaution.

There is no word on any arrests.

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