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PHILADELPHIA -- Fans in this city waited 25 years for a championship to return to town, and they wasted little time taking to the streets to celebrate.
In the hours after reliever Brad Lidge sealed the Phils' first World Series victory since 1980 with a strikeout of the Rays' Eric Hinske, fans congregated up and down Broad Street, at City Hall and at Cottman and Frankford Avenues, among other places.
Police were out in full force to counter some anticipated problems with the crowd. Mayor Michael Nutter said Thursday morning that a few buildings in the city had sustained damage to their windows, but that most of the debris from the celebration had been cleaned up.
"There were, in proportion, a very small number of people who engaged in inappropriate activity," Nutter said. "That was not a celebration. That, in many instances, was about destruction. There is a big difference between the two."
Nutter added that some police officers had been assaulted during the celebration, and encouraged anyone with photos of individuals engaged in destructive activities to come forward.
"We will do everything we can to protect our citizens, protect property and make sure our police officers are safe," Nutter said.