Imagine what they would have done if their team had lost!
The City of Brotherly Love had girded itself against the advent of fans becoming a little too enthusiastic or angry depending on the outcome of the Big Game by spraying light poles with hydraulic fluid (to make them too slippery to climb) and beefing up its police presence with officers from 60 additional police departments, National Guardsmen, federal agents, and even a volunteer civilian patrol.
But in the end, several people were injured in the mayhem that ensued, while others were arrested.
ABC Philadelphia affiliate WPVI reports that the windows of a department store were smashed and carries one of a number of videos of cars being flipped on their side:
Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge reports that an explosion of unknown origin ripped the downtown area and several people were injured in episodes of street violence.
A number of fires broke out, prompting fast food chain Hardees to tweet this whimsical message:
We are excited to serve everyone biscuits tomorrow morning at our Philadelphia location but in order to do that it needs to be not burned down please
— Hardees (@Hardees) February 5, 2018
THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA IS BURNING DOWN pic.twitter.com/lcbHLd894P
— newyearstillaintshit (@lanictom) February 5, 2018
Some buildings were vandalized and stores were looted:
People yelling “Everything is free,” looting, trashing this gas station. Damn it, Philly we better than this. pic.twitter.com/WecXaAmrFh
— Stephanie Farr (@FarFarrAway) February 5, 2018