Large celebration erupts on Franklin Street after UNC defeats Duke

Thousands on Franklin Street near Top of the Hill Restaurant. WNCN photo

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A large celebration, complete with bonfires, broke out in Chapel Hill after UNC defeated Duke on Saturday night in their second meeting this season.

On Franklin Street, thousands of people could be seen from the Top of the Hill Restaurant web cam.

Chapel Hill Police said in a press release that Franklin Street from Henderson Street to Church Street, and Columbia Street from Cameron Avenue to Rosemary Street were shut down during the celebration, which lasted from approximately 8:35 p.m. until 10:05 p.m.

Several bonfires were set in the street during the event, on Columbia Street and Franklin Street, but no reports of damage or injuries resulting from these fires were received.

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One fire was reported just before 9 p.m. at S. Columbia Street and Fraternity Court, according to the Chapel Hill Fire Department

Just before 10 p.m., another outdoor fire was reported at McCauley Street and Hilltop Street, Chapel Hill Fire reported.

The peak crowd size was estimated to be 15,000 people, police said.

During the time the streets were closed, no arrests were made and no emergency medical calls were dispatched within the area of the event.

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