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SIUC power outage party gets out of control

Following the power outage, students stood outside while refusing to enter the darkened housing units. (Source: Daily Egyptian) Following the power outage, students stood outside while refusing to enter the darkened housing units. (Source: Daily Egyptian)
Students react to a sudden and abrupt fight between two unidentified male students. (Source: Daily Egyptian) Students react to a sudden and abrupt fight between two unidentified male students. (Source: Daily Egyptian)
An unidentified male student rests on the grass near Nealy Drive with a bloody lip after being assaulted. (Source: Daily Egyptian) An unidentified male student rests on the grass near Nealy Drive with a bloody lip after being assaulted. (Source: Daily Egyptian)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Wednesday night students on the Southern Illinois University campus used a power outage as an excuse to have an outside party, according to university spokesperson Rod Sievers.

Sievers says power went out to some of campus around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Ameren Illinois, a transformer failure at the SIU-Carbondale Substation caused a power outages to about 2,880 customers in the Hill Road Substation.

Service was restored to all customers except SIU-Carbondale at about 11:46 p.m.  Ameren Illinois counts SIU-Carbondale as three customers. Ameren Illinois restored service to the campus at about 1:58 a.m. Thursday.

Sievers says around 1000 students gathered outside around the Towers area of campus and things got out of hand.

By the time police were able to get the crowd under control, three people had been injured and two of them had to be taken to a local hospital.

Sievers says one person was injured in a fight, another was knocked down and the other had a cut on their head but refused medical treatment.

At least one car was damaged. University police and Carbondale police showed up in riot gear ready to face an unruly crowd, but according to Sievers this is standard practice in these types of situations and no tear gas was used.

As of 11:30 p.m. most of the power was restored and most students had returned to their dorms and homes.

Sievers says no arrests were made.

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