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Police: Some at large gathering shot fireworks at officers

July 7, 2021 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some people at a large gathering Monday shot fireworks at police officers who were trying to disperse the event, according to the Portland Police Department.

When officers responded to reports of a crowd of 300 people and fireworks being fired near a park on Monday evening, some people shot the fireworks at them, WMTW-TV reported.

“Such unruly and dangerous aggression and use of force against our officers and community cannot and will not be tolerated,” said Chief Frank Clark in a statement posted Tuesday on Facebook.

Police arrested a 17-year-old and charged him with disorderly conduct and criminal use of explosives.

Just after midnight, police received a report of gunshots and an officer saw someone fire multiple shots a short time later in the same neighborhood, police said.

Police are investigating the gun shots and the firing of fireworks at officers.