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Kentucky Mall Forced to Close After 2,000 Unruly Teens Riot

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Deal hunting gone wrong.

All was not well at Kentucky's Mall St. Matthews just outside of Louisville, Ky. on Saturday night, after chain-reaction brawls broke out among the thousands of teens who were enjoying an evening of post-Christmas bargain shopping.

NBC News writes that reports of "disturbances" began a little after 7 p.m. and continued for hours, eventually forcing the closure of the facility. Firsthand accounts from those inside the mall reveal quite a chaotic scene: people running through the halls and getting into fights left and right — even climbing on the steel grates as stores attempted to shut down an hour early.

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According to a St. Matthews Police spokesman, the brawls "started to feed on themselves," with an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 teens and young adults aged 13 to early 20's involved. "This was a riot," he said. "It was crazy."

Police "maintained a presence" until 1 a.m., and the mall re-opened for business at 11 a.m. on Sunday. So far, no arrests have been made and only minor injuries were reported. 

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