Battling teens spark mall stampede

Large groups of brawling teenagers sparked a stampede at a Louisiana mall that led police to evacuate the shopping centre and shut it down early.

More than 200 youths were in the Mall of Louisiana’s food court when a huge fight broke out just before 6pm on Saturday, although it was not clear how many were actually fighting.

No injuries were reported. The Advocate said East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s office planned to charge a number of people.

Witnesses told the newspaper that the trouble started after Instagram users posted an invitation to their followers on social media telling them to come and meet them in person at the mall.

Police corralled unaccompanied youths until parents arrived to pick them up.

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