Orlando, Florida: More than 100 sheriff's deputies in riot gear had to be called in to break up an out-of-control crowd waiting outside a mall to buy a limited edition Nike basketball shoe.
Authorities say there were no injuries or arrests outside the Florida Mall late on Thursday. The crowds began getting unruly as hundreds packed the parking lot, waiting to buy the $220, limited-edition shoe that was timed to be released during the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.
Police also arrested one person in a crowd in Maryland waiting for the shoe's release. The disturbances follow a series of outbursts across the country in December as impatient shoppers lined up for another new basketball shoe from Nike Inc.
The Orlando Sentinel reported the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed. But one person ran toward Foot Locker and others followed. Authorities formed a line and used shields to push back the crowd....more
07:34 AM, Feb 25, 2012