Exton Carnival canceled after police shut it down due to unruly crowd of teenagers


Exton, Pa. (CBS) – The Exton Square Mall Spring Carnival has been canceled after the carnival company's permit was revoked following a major crowd control issue Saturday night, the West Virginia Police Department announced Sunday.

According to the police, the decision to cancel the permit and completely shut down the carnival at the mall was taken as a safety precaution for the attendees.

Police initially shut down a carnival in Chester County Saturday night after a group of teenagers created an “unsafe environment” for fairgoers. Additional officers from agencies across the county were also called in to help with crowd control.

Although they did not say what exactly happened, police said that a large crowd was causing a disturbance on the outskirts of Exton Square Mall.

Saturday evening, the carnival company, Goodtime Amusements, said in a Facebook post that the Exton Carnival was closed “indefinitely” due to “out of control behavior and the disturbance caused.”

West Whiteland Township Police say anyone with video of Saturday's carnival should submit it through their tipline to help with their investigation.

Police are also investigating a fight that they say occurred inside the mall after the carnival closed. The department released surveillance footage captured by a business at the mall and is asking for the public's help in identifying anyone involved.

The video shows a long-haired man being punched and kicked multiple times by several witnesses. Anyone with information relating to the attack is asked to submit a tip online or contact Detective Sergeant McCloskey at [email protected].

The Exton Square Spring Carnival was originally scheduled to run from May 9 to May 18.

Police said any information related to ticket refunds should be given to Carnival staff.


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