Video: When Paddy's Day goes wrong: Riots erupt in Canadian town
It seems as if it’s not only in this country that we use St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse for excessive drunkenness and debauchery, if recent events in Canada are anything to go by.
Riots erupted in the city of London in Ontario on Saturday night during a street party to mark St. Patrick’s Day that quickly got out of hand.
With over 1,000 people in attendance and quite obviously the worse were wear, fires broke out on the streets of the city and had to be dealt with by firefighters and police officers who were hit by bricks, lumps of wood and even tyres thrown by out of control revellers.
17 police cars were damaged and police were forced into using smoke canisters in an effort to deal with the disruption, which continued well into the hours of Sunday morning. As a result, it was something of a surprise that only 11 people were arrested.
Commenting on what had transpired, London Police chief Bradley Duncan told Reuters: “Last night it was a complete disregard for the police presence, in fact I have heard some of our officers refer to it as a war zone.
“They have never experienced that kind of volatility.”
Given that you don't have to go too far to see how messy it can get in our country on our national holiday, it would be churlish to pretend that we’re shocked by what went on, but when they’re even at it in plain old Canada, surely it’s really getting out of hand.
Check out the wild scenes for yourself in the video above.