Over screams and protest early Tuesday morning, police in Columbus, Ohio blasted pepper spray into the faces of football fans from only a few feet away after a victory celebration got out of hand.
Video published by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper showed police fired tear gas into crowds as armored cruisers rolled onto High Street after crowds gathered to celebrate Ohio State University winning the first national title game.
At one point, police shot pepper spray directly into the camera, blotting out the video.
Local station WCMH-TV reported that police arrested a handful of students for setting fires. Fans also tore down a temporary goal post, according to the Associated Press.
The Dispatch footage also showed young people leaning against nearby buildings, some vomiting, others shouting about the tear gas and pepper spray in their face.
“We are just innocent students celebrating our football team,” one person told the paper’s videographer.
“We were just out there in High Street and we got Maced, for no reason,” another said.
Watch the footage, courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch:
This post has been updated.