Police and firefighters ready when UK fans celebrate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Crowds and couch burnings are nothing new to State Street and Limestone Ave just off the University of Kentucky’s campus.

Both happened after games in the 2012 and 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournaments.

As Kentucky starts its road to championship nine, Lexington Police and fire crews are getting ready.

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The University of Kentucky is on spring break this week so campus and State Street are quiet. Some people who stayed in town for break don’t expect any big crowds for the Hampton University game; they say it isn’t a big enough game.

Police expect celebrations with the team’s undefeated record. Officers believe people will start filling the streets after the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight rounds.

“We would just ask that when you do come out and celebrate, be responsible for your actions,” said Cmdr. Bryan Maynard with the Lexington Police Department.

“We don’t want to stop anyone from celebrating, we just want to encourage people to celebrate in a responsible way,” said Jessica Bowman, a Lexington Firefighter.

Firefighters and police officers say they’re ready for the celebrations.