Hilarious, Terrifying Things Heard on Philly Police Scanner After the Super Bowl

"Someone lit a Christmas tree on fire."

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A fans reacts to Super Bowl LII by climbing a trash truck on Walnut Street near City Hall on February 4, 2018 in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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No one will argue that Philly fans can go a little nuts. Hey, they’ve waited a long time for that Super Bowl win. So last night when the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33, they city collectively lost its mind. Thousands of people streamed out into the streets. And though reports indicate the revelry was largely peaceful, there were some people who took it a little far, all of which was captured on police scanner chatter as officers mobilized to contain the fans. Slate gathered up some of the funniest, and most terrifying, things heard on the scanner.

10:20 p.m. “Thousands going south on Broad Street from Spring Garden.”

10:36 p.m. “We need somebody at Broad and Walnut, southwest corner. People on the pole.”

10:46 p.m. “It’s endless, chief. Endless.”

10:50 p.m. “I got people coming up the ramps on 676 eastbound. I don’t have a clue how they’re getting up … Should I go up to get those people off 676?”

10:53 p.m. “About four stories above the Wawa we got people out on the ledge. I can’t tell how they came up. If they’re not allowed to be there can we get them down? … They’re coming out of the window up there.”

10:57 p.m. “Be advised that someone is flying a drone in the area at 1-5 and Market.”

11 p.m. “At 15th they’re lighting off fireworks.”

11:04 p.m. “We got a large crowd at City Hall climbing the fence.”

11:11 p.m. “They’re on top of trash trucks. There is to be no one on top of trash trucks, guys.”

11:14 p.m. “We have multiple people on Broad Street swinging on light poles.”

11:20 p.m. “Climbing the trash trucks at 13th and Market.”

11:25 p.m. “I need to get the fire extinguisher out of my trunk. I got a fire on Broad Street just south of South. Someone lit a Christmas tree on fire.”

11:26 p.m. “They just flipped a car over here. If you could get a medical response team over here, I’d greatly appreciate it.”

11:37 p.m. “This is extremely horrible. We need rescue here. We got someone horribly injured from a fall.”

11:38 p.m. “They’re trying to tear multiple light posts down and I don’t have anyone to counteract it right now.”

11:44 p.m. “A man jumped off the light pole and landed on his head.”

11:45 p.m. “We have a light pole down. On the east side of Macy’s corner. We have live wires.”

11:53 p.m. “We have a large crowd throwing bottles and chanting ‘Meek Mill.’ “

11:55 p.m. “We have a large fight at Broad and Ellsworth.”

11:58 p.m. “I got a male in custody in this location. He’s saying he’s an off-duty cop.”

12:12 a.m. “At Broad and Market they’re throwing bottles at the cops. Please send SWAT teams over there in case we need them.”

12:24 a.m. “I got somebody jumping on top of the fire truck now.”

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