It wasn't Selma, Ala., or Tiananmen Square, but Fort Collins hosted its own riot as a SWAT team cracked down on crowd unrest after an Earth, Wind & Fire show Sunday night.
Some 400 people were involved in the Old Town Square melee, which resulted in 13 people being taken to the hospital for lacerations and other injuries. The disturbance was apparently triggered by two men who continued fighting after being thrown out of a nearby bar.
Police used tear gas on the crowd, which was reportedly burning trash cans. damaging cars and hurling patio furniture. (Is nothing sacred?)
The festival had already closed down — and most EW&F fans had gone home — by the time trouble began. Even so, there's no small irony that a mellow R&B band known for positive '70s hits like "Shining Star" and "Let's Groove" wound up being the opening act for a crowd who acted like they'd just seen Insane Clown Posse or the Los Angeles Lakers.