ORLANDO, Fla. (The Blaze/AP) -- More than 100 law enforcement officers in riot gear broke up an out-of-control crowd waiting to buy a new basketball shoe timed to be released during the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.
Authorities say there were no injuries or arrests late Thursday outside the Florida Mall. The crowd began getting unruly around 9:45 p.m. as hundreds of people packed the parking lot as they waited to purchase the $220, limited-edition Nike Foamposite One.
The Orlando Sentinel reports the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed at 9 p.m. But one person ran toward Foot Locker and the crowd followed.
That's when police moved in on horseback. WOFL-TV has more:
Hundreds of people ran from the Florida Mall property as Orange County deputies cleared the area.
Orange County Sheriff deputies on horseback and dressed in riot gear with helmets and plastic shields moved in around 9:45 p.m. when things got out of control.
The huge crowd grew throughout the day outside the foot locker store for the midnight release of the new Nike All-Star Collection sneakers featuring glow in the dark soles and a galactic theme.
"I saw hundreds of people running toward me. I thought I was going to get trampled," Amanda Charles, 20, who drove from Jacksonville to try to buy the glow-in-the-dark shoes, told the Sentinel.
"It was pandemonium," added Rico Gomez. He flew to Orlando for a chance to buy the new Nikes.
But all who came left empty handed. Authorities formed a line and used shields to push back the crowd. Deputies on loudspeakers then announced there would be no shoe release.
"Florida Mall is closed," a deputy driving around announced, reports the Sentinel. "Please leave the premises. This is an unlawful gathering. There is no shoe release tonight."
No word on when the show will now be released.