MIDDLESEX TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Piscataway police were among numerous law enforcement agencies called to help break up several fights and to help with crowd control at the Middlesex Firemen’s Carnival late Saturday night, according to a news release on the Middlesex Township Police Facebook page.

"To ensure the safety of all persons and to provide for the safe and orderly dispersal of the crowd, law enforcement resources from nearby towns were summoned," Police Chief Matthew Geist explained in the release, adding that troopers from the NJ State Police also responded.

As a result, police officials determined the large crowds and reports of minor disturbances were threats to public safety and ordered the carnival to end 30 minutes early, at 10:30 p.m. instead of 11:00 as scheduled.

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Investigators determined that “there was no evidence to support the rumors circulating that gangs or gang violence was involved,” said Chief Geist who also noted that the crowd left without further incident. No arrests were made or injuries reported.

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