Bellingham riot near WWU expected to costs thousands

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Bellingham police went into defense mode to control a block party near the campus of Western Washington University.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Last month's riots near Western Washington University are expected to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

 Five people were arrested in the Oct. 12 melee in which patrol cars  were smashed, costing the Bellingham Police Department more than $5,000.

 Street signs that were ripped from the ground and cleanup cost $629, and costs are still being calculated to replace the police department's crowd control arsenal as well as repairing damage to personal property.

 Several hundred people were involved in the riot.  Beer cans and bottles were thrown at police and a fire was set.

See photos from the riot scene here.

 Police set off tear gas and sound grenades, and used pepper spray to break up the crowd of as many as 500 people.

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