Chaos erupted in New York City’s Union Square on Friday after a mob of people gathered for a giveaway put on by a popular YouTuber.
The crowd was seen resorting to violence, tearing down construction barricades and throwing objects at responding police officers. One person was seen setting off a fire extinguisher, according to CBS News.
Authorities estimate that around 2,000 people gathered for YouTuber Kai Cenat’s giveaway, who has 4 million subscribers on the platform on his main channel and another 3.6 million on his live streaming channel. He was reportedly giving away a number of PlayStation consoles.
A flyer for the event, posted to Kai Cenat’s Instagram story, showed that another popular YouTuber who has 1.2 million subscribers, Fanum, would also be in attendance.
Shortly before 4 pm, the NYPD urged the public to avoid the area of Union Square Park.
In response to the chaos, numerous trains are bypassing Union Square station.
People were seen climbing on top of vehicles, including that of the Youtuber, and fighting in the streets.
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