Orlando police break up large street party

Police use smoke to disperse crowd

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police had to break up a large street party late Saturday night after 911 was called.

Police said they were called to the 900 block of Randall Street late Saturday night after a street party grew to about 1,000 people.

The street party gathering was not permitted and the size of the crowd caused the street to close down.

Police said they were trying to break up the party for about 30 minutes and ended up calling Orange County deputies to help.

Deputies and police had to don riot gear and as they were clearing people out, someone in the crowd fired shots into the air.

Neighbors tell Local 6 a much different story. They say the party was peaceful until police showed up and began harassing them. They admit they did not have permits, but say police were exaggerating the size and demeanor of the crowd.

Police said they had to deploy white smoke, which is a non-chemical agent to clear people out.

No injuries were reported.

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