(NEWSER) – One of Kentucky's biggest shopping malls erupted into multiple brawls Saturday night involving as many as 2,000 people, NBC News reports.

Six officers working at Mall St. Matthews in suburban Louisville responded to fights at around 7pm and saw them chain-react into other disturbances. "As they were responding to those disturbances, others were breaking out. ... Disturbances started to feed on themselves," says Officer Dennis McDonald. "They were just overwhelmed with a number of calls for service and reports of disorder." Soon five agencies sent a total of 50 officers to handle the brawlers, who were aged 13 to their early 20s, McDonald says. "This was a riot," he adds. "It was crazy."

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