Officers use tear gas to break up wild party near WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A raucous crowd of partiers near West Virginia University pelted officers with beer bottles during a wild stand-off that ended when police used tear gas against the crowd, officials said Friday.

The Morgantown Police Department said 10 people were charged after officers tried to break up a party on Thursday that completely shut down Beverly Avenue and people began throwing bottles, cans and other debris at them.

The officers took cover and used a loudspeaker to tell the party to disperse but the crowd grew in size and continued to hurl items at the officers, according to a news release from the police department.

Police then threw smoke grenades and tear gas at the crowd, ending the stand-off.

Authorities said they will review body camera video and other surveillance footage of the incident.

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