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600 involved in Fla. movie theater brawl

Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theaters parking lot on Christmas night.

Described by police as a melee, the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theaters doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.

The officer administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol, said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office.

Soon after the pepper spray was used, upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars, she said.

Sixty-two police officers were called to the scene to break up the brawl, sequestering them and separating them, Smith said.

Only minor injuries and damage to property were reported. No gunshots were fired, according to Smith.