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Federal Hill swarmed with fans following Ravens game

Section of South Charles Street closed; officers out in force

By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

8:58 AM EST, January 13, 2013

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Police shut down a section of South Charles Street near Cross Street Market in Federal Hill Saturday night after a sea of purple flooded the street following the Raven's win over the Denver Broncos.

Barricades were set up at the intersection of South Charles and West Hamburg streets, and southbound traffic was held up for several blocks.

The police helicopter, Foxtrot, was called in to broadcast the message that revelers needed to disperse. Officers — on foot, horseback and in vehicles — saturated the area around the market.

The game ended around 9 p.m. By 10:30 p.m., Charles Street was clear but remained closed. Bar patrons were lined up on the sidewalks to get indoors.

On Sunday morning, Baltimore City police spokesman Anthony Smith said there had been no arrests, and the crowd broke up peacefully.

This story has been updated.

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