Authorities use pepper spray, pepper balls to quell riot near UNH

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DURHAM, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Authorities responding to a reported disturbance on Madbury Court in Durham were forced to use pepper spray and pepper balls in order to get a large crowd to disperse, officers said.

Police were dispatched to the area at about 4:11 p.m. Saturday after several residents called and asked that a large crowd of approximately 500 people, who were congregating on lawns and blocking the street, be removed.

When officers attempted to move the crowd, beer bottles and cans were thrown, striking one officer in the side of the head, police said.

New Hampshire State Police, University of New Hampshire Police, Lee Police and Newmarket police were then called to the scene.

Police said more officers were hit with bottles and cans.

At that time, officers used pepper spray and pepper balls and the crowd slowly left.

Jordan M. Mahar, 21, of Wolfeboro, N.H. was arrested after he was seen throwing a beer bottle at a UNH police officer. He is charged with riot, assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest. He is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Mahar is not a UNH student.

No injuries were reported.