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Red Sox celebrations net 39 arrests
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BOSTON (AP) -- Thirty-nine people were arrested, including the son of Boston University�s former president, and 63 were injured as tens of thousands of Red Sox fans gathered near Fenway Park to celebrate the team�s historic World Series victory.

Forty-one people were treated on the scene, while 22 were taken to area hospitals. Most of the injuries were minor, although one man was hospitalized after falling from a light pole. He was in stable condition Thursday afternoon. A police officer received a shoulder injury.

The team swept the World Series in four games with a 3-0 win Wednesday night at St. Louis, giving the city its first baseball championship since 1918.

Most of the people arrested were charged with disorderly conduct; several were charged with assault and battery.

Among those arrested were Matthew Westling, a 21-year-old Boston University student and the son of the school�s former president, Jon Westling. He was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley�s office. He was arraigned Thursday and was released on his own recognizance, Conley�s office said.

A message left at the family home with his sister, Emma, was not immediately returned. Jon Westling was also not available for comment.

Police were out in full force, hoping to avoid the wild scene that erupted after the team�s Game 7 win over the New York Yankees last week, when a college student was killed. Victoria Snelgrove, 21, an Emerson College student, died after being hit in the eye by a pepper-spray pellet fired by police.

After the World Series win late Wednesday night, fires were lit, fireworks were set off, and some revelers tossed bottles at police.  Officers blocked streets and used pepper spray, percussion grenades and smoke canisters to clear the street.

At the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, campus police made about 25 arrests after students streamed out of dorms in a raucous celebration. No injuries were reported there.


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