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Bonfire, arrests in East Lansing during Spartan celebration

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

Celebrations got out of hand in East Lansing following Michigan State's big win Saturday over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game.

Click on the video player to watch footage from the scene.

Police say thousands of students got rowdy at a large bonfire after the win. Multiple people were arrested near River and Cedar streets which is a traditional spot for MSU students to party after big sports victories. No. 10 MSU defeated No. 2 Ohio State 34-24, earning its first Rose Bowl appearance in a quarter-century.

Pictures and footage from the out-of-control Cedar Hill celebration showed couches and mattresses on fire.

MSU student newspaper The State reported students ripping large trees out of the ground to add the raging blaze.

Multiple media outlets reported flames shooting higher than 20 feet in the air as unruly students cheered them on.

At least a dozen rioters were arrested in Cedar Hill, according to the Lansing State Journal.

The unrest was finally put to bed about an hour before daybreak by police in riot gear, according to reports.

‘It's more tradition than anything,' Joe Sheena, an MSU senior, told the Journal. ‘We're not a school of pyromaniacs.'

Hundreds of fireworks were also set off during the hours of lawlessness that threatened to take hold of the college town.

Some students even decided jumping onto a police car was a good idea.

‘Students took the opportunity to mess with the car,' sophomore Jeff Nemesi told The State Journal. ‘The car backed out, which, of course, made them go even more crazy.'

No injuries are reported. Police plan to pursue criminal charges against those involved.

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