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Extra police called as crowd breaks through fence at Canalside

Extra police were called to Canalside Thursday evening after an overflow crowd broke through one of the fences surrounding the site of the weekly free concerts.

An officer at the scene said late Thursday evening that there were no arrests or serious injuries.

The officer said that security personnel at the concert – a show by the rapper T-Pain, along with other acts – had stopped admitting people to the site because it had reached capacity.

He said that one of the fences gave way when a cluster of fans who had gathered outside pushed against it.

The officer said that prompted a call for a massive police presence.

Additional Buffalo police came to the scene and were joined by a large number of Transit Police from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

The concert was not interrupted and a steady stream of people was leaving peaceably as the music continued after 10 p.m.

“It was insane,” said Megan Kennedy, 23, as she left the concert about 10:45 p.m. “It was much larger than usual and people were actually into it this time, listening and dancing.”

Kennedy said she had a good time with friends in the concert’s VIP section and didn’t notice any disturbance.

Another departing concertgoer, Maxine Figueroa, 17, also said she had a good time, except for the crowding.

“I was a little frustrated because people kept bumping into me,” she said, “but it was fine.”

Two 17-year-old Clarence High School students, Sage Feminella and Erin Cambria, who said they had been to previous shows at Canalside, were unhappy at being turned away at the entrance.

The pair said they listened from outside the gates.

“It sucked,” Feminella said. “I think there should not be a limit. They should let people in.”

Her fellow student said the evening had surprising moments.

“I knew people who got here at 7:30 and they still couldn’t get in,” Cambria said. “We didn’t know there was going to be a limit.”

“We hadn’t been told it would be so crazy.”

News staff reporter Jack Howland contributed to this report.


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