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Rochester police officers used pepper ball guns to disperse crowds, throwing rocks and bottles at them.
A police spokeswoman said they prepare every year for crowds after the Puerto Rican Festival and Sunday night was no exception. Officers responded to a number of disturbances in the Hudson Avenue and Avenue D area.
"At this time we have about 16 arrests. Mostly for disorderly conduct," said Sgt. Elena Correia, Rochester Police Department. "We have done numerous traffic violations out there to make sure that people keep moving freely."
Our photographer saw cars with people hanging out of the windows and sun roofs, and large crowds gathering in the street.
Police blocked off streets in an attempt to keep traffic away from the groups and to prevent people from congregating.
Police say there are no injuries so far and they just want to make sure everyone gets home safely.