December 01, 2010
A PLAYFUL snowball fight turned into a violent brawl involving more than 500 people after fireworks, bottles and stones were thrown into the mix.
A group of 40 people gathered to toss snowballs at each other in the eastern German city Leipzig, but the game quickly degenerated into a massive free-for-all.
“The black-clad mob threw not only snow but also firecrackers, bottles and rocks,”a police statement said.
More than 500 people joined the fracas, snarling traffic and sparking a major police operation.
“Officers became the main target of the hooligans but a completely uninvolved car driver also fell victim, with the mob smashing his windscreen with a beer bottle and injuring his arm.”
Two officers were wounded in the fray and a police car was damaged before the group could be broken up.