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Mexico World Cup Soccer Fans Celebrate in Los Angeles, Police Called (Video)

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Police had to break up a celebration in Huntington Park, near Los Angeles, on Monday because soccer fans were obstructing traffic and trying to turn over cars after Mexico's 3-1 win over Croatia in the World Cup.

The fans gathered at an intersection, waved Mexican flags and shouted as cars drove by. But the crowd grew and poured onto the street where some fans stopped a white pickup truck and rocked it (video below).

“Don’t disrespect, you know, buses and breaking stuff, breaking glass, throwing [items] and disrespecting the law,” resident Priscilla Bautista told CBS Los Angeles. “That is not right.”

Police arrived in cars and on horseback to break up the celebration, which backed up traffic for several blocks.

According to The Los Angeles Times, one soccer fan threw a bottle at a police horse, but the animal was reportedly not injured.

The LAPD went on tactical alert as hundreds of more soccer fans gathered in Pacoima, Calif., and shot off fireworks. 

KTLA notes that ramps to Interstate 5 had to be closed near Pacoima because of the rowdy soccer fans.

Sources: CBS Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times, KTLA

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