Olympia police said a small crowd lit fires in the street, dumped trash and tried to block traffic in the downtown area.
People took to the streets after officers and railroad police broke up an anti-fracking protest camp on Union Pacific Railroad tracks Friday morning.
At 6:30 a.m., Olympia police said others joined the group after arrests were made at the camp.
At 7 a.m., police said the group was at Jefferson and Legion. Officers said they used pepper balls and flash bangs to stop their destructive behavior. By 7:30 a.m., the crowd had dispersed and roads were opened.
Olympia police arrested eight people on misdemeanor crimes that occurred during the event.
About 20 people from the group Olympia Stand occupied the protest camp near Seventh Avenue and Jefferson Street. They were trying to block trains that were transporting fracking sands through Olympia. The camp was set up on Saturday.
The railroad said that earlier, it had tried to negotiate with the group that was on the tracks, but it refused to move.
Small crowd walking around downtown trying to block streets. Lighting fires in streets. Avoid downtown this morning if you can.— Olympia Police Dept (@OlyPD) November 18, 2016
Trying as hard as we can to keep community safe for you this morning. Looks like group has moved south now along to Jefferson & Legion— Olympia Police Dept (@OlyPD) November 18, 2016
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