A large fight brought an early end to a carnival in eastern Baltimore County on Sunday night and required the removal of an estimated 2,000 youths from the fairgrounds, according to Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach.
The melee began at the Jolly Shows Spring Carnival on the grounds of Eastpoint Mall near Dundalk around 8:45 p.m.
“At some point it got out of control,” Peach said. “There were fights here, fights there, just little things going on all over the place.”
Two Baltimore County Police officers were working as security at the event. One officer used pepper spray in an attempt to quell the disturbance. At that point, Peach said, kids began to run in all directions. Officers from multiple units were called in to control the crowd.
Officers estimated there were around 2,000 young people at the carnival at the time of the incident; all of them were removed from the premises, Peach said. No one was believed to be injured. One juvenile arrest was made.
Peter Joseph, president of Jolly Shows, said police estimates of the number of teenagers on hand was overblown, but confirmed that the carnival had closed earlier because of the skirmish.
“You had a lot of teenagers,” he said, adding that some stole stuffed animals and caused other problems. “Just some mischievous stuff.”