Photos: People Celebrating/Rioting over Lakers Win
Around 700 people gathered outside the Staples Center tonight to celebrate the Lakers' win in Orlando. Mostly peaceful, but it only took a small group of fools to ruin it for everyone. Small fires, fireworks, thrown rocks, bottles and flares, street signs torn down, attempts at turning over police cars cued the LAPD to try to end festivities sooner than anyone had hoped. As Larry Welk said on KCAL9, "they're sort of leaving a path of destruction."
The official celebration parade will take place on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. from the Staples Center at 12th & Figueroa to the Coliseum.
- Metro reports that Blue Line is shut down between the 7th/Metro and Grand stations due to revelers reportedly placing trash cans on the tracks. The tracks were closed at 9:30 p.m. and could be opened as early as 10:20 p.m., according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.
- Later, a bus window was smashed at 6th and Hill. No injuries and the bus went back to the division yard, a Metro spokesperson says.
- As of 11 p.m., Blue Line not operating at the 7th/Metro, Grand, San Pedro stations., Trains running between Washington and Long Beach, according to Metro.