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WATCH: University snow day descends into mass chaos after rowdy students clash with police

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Complaints aired on social media that police used too much force

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What started as innocent horseplay and drinking during a snow day for college students Friday at West Virginia University turned into a melee with "riot gear, mattress fires, tear gas, and pepper ball guns, the New York Post reported.

What happened?

The scene was documented in a grainy cellphone video that shows police firing at the students what appears to be compressed air guns that were loaded with non lethal projectiles paintball pellets filled with pepper spray, The Morgantown News reported.

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