Minnesota State Fair Shut Down Following Brawl
The fight occurred at Cafe Caribe in the Midway section of the fairgrounds and resulted in police quickly moving to end it and using pepper spray, witnesses told FOX 9.
Witnesses said they had heard gunfire at the fair, although the Minnesota State Fair Police Department has not confirmed any details of the incident.
The State Fair said in a statement shortly before 11 p.m. that the fairgrounds "began closing early this evening at approximately 10:20 p.m. due to disturbances in the area of the Midway. There is nothing more to confirm at this time."
A fight involving multiple people at Cafe Caribe in the Midway section of the fairgrounds resulted in police moving to end it and using an eye irritant, witnesses said. (Fox 9)
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, a Democrat, thanked law enforcement for their response to the disruption.
Last weekend, the state fair was forced to shut down rides and cancel a concert after strong storms knocked down trees and caused power outages across the Minneapolis area.
Other states have also experienced chaos at their fairs recently.
That same night, a shooting at a county fair in Fayetteville, Arkansas, left one person injured. The suspect had also fled the scene but has since been taken into custody.
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