Approximately 7,500 Carolina fans rushed Franklin Street in Chapel Hill Thursday night after No. 21 UNC knocked off ninth-ranked Duke 82-78 in the Dean Smith Center. The rushing of Franklin Street is a Tar Heel tradition reserved for wins over Duke and victories in the Final Four or National Championship.
Chapel Hill Police said in a release that the downtown areas of Franklin and Columbia streets remained closed for more than an hour before reopening around 11:15 p.m.
A fire was started in the middle of the main downtown intersection at Franklin and Columbia and videos shared on social media showed fireworks being set off. Chapel Hill Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire.
Authorities said no arrests were made while the streets were closed and that no one inside that area was treated by Orange County EMS.