CNE shuts down after fights break out on Youth Day
The CNE closed down three hours early on Youth Day yesterday when fights broke out at the popular summertime attraction. After 9:30 p.m., the rides shut down and the bright lights of the midway dimmed as patrons shuffled out of the fair grounds.
As CBC News writes, police were called to the CNE and three teenagers were arrested last night. Despite early reports of a shooting, police didn't find any firearms at the site of the fight.
One guest, Ashley, who was in food building, says that rumours of a shooting or stabbing were flying around as all of the vendors began to close up shop at around 9:30 p.m. She left and started walking towards the main gates. "It was panic, because I guess everyone was hearing a different story so no one really knew what was going on," she says.
While the CNE maintains it shut down early due to over-crowding, others say it was the fights that caused the early closure.
On Youth Day last year, the CNE closed an hour early, but the crowds were much better behaved. As CBC reports, the CNE is now reconsidering its Youth Day event. This annual promotion enables those under 17 to get discounted tickets to the Ex.
Please note the CNE is closing early tonight. Stand by for updates.— CNE (@LetsGoToTheEX) August 31, 2016
Photo by @justleilah on Twitter.
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