Reckless drivers cause chaos, set off fireworks in North Philadelphia and Old City

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The sounds of revving engines and screeching tires echoed through North Philadelphia early Sunday morning.

The smell of burnt rubber filled the air at the intersection of Broad and Susquehanna streets. Crowds gathered around cars that drifted and made donuts in the middle of the street.

“I could smell the burning rubber from my house,” said Bobby Kelly, a graduate student at Temple University.

Other Temple students who live nearby said scenes like those that unfolded over the weekend are disturbing.

“It sounded like popping noises — fireworks or gunshots, God forbid,” Alyssa Wagner said.

“Cars were swarming. I couldn’t tell if it was gunshots because this place is so scary,” said freshman Atiya Daste.

Drivers and the crowd dispersed along North Broad Street, then police responded to Market Street in Old City for similar problems

Between 6th and 4th Streets, people were seen drifting and driving recklessly, setting off fireworks and stopping traffic. Circular tire marks were left on the asphalt.

“Three weeks ago there was shooting out here. Everyone ran into the store. It just has to stop,” said Michael Campo

Campo is the owner of Campo’s Steaks which is open late in the old town. He said he was fed up with the lack of consequences for those who commit crimes.

“Nobody’s doing anything about it, they’re getting away with it and now it’s just a normal thing. They can do it and get away with it,” Campo said.

Police dispersed the crowd early Sunday morning but made no arrests or issued subpoenas.

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