A 600-person fight broke out at a movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida on Christmas night, and as a result, five people under the age of 20 have been arrested.
The fight started around 8:30 p.m. after a group tried to make their way into the movie theater without buying tickets. According to reports, the group tried to blindside an off duty police officer working as security, but the attempt failed when the officer took out his pepper spray.
Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokesperson for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said that the officer, “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” at which point, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars.”
Authorities describe the massive brawl as a “melee” and say that 62 officers were called to the scene to help break it up.
In the end, no serious injuries or massive damage was reported, and five people were arrested, including Tevyn Alonza Davis, 19, Jaquade Marquis Miller, 18, and Khalil Ahmad Bradley, 17.
Reports say it took the officers an hour and a half to break up the massive fight. People on the scene captured video and pictures on their devices and posted them to social media sites.