VIDEO: Chaos in Lansing After MSU’s Victory Over U-M Saturday

Michigan State fan sets himself on fire by sitting on burning couch

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One Michigan State football fan was set ablaze after he sat on a burning couch on Saturday, Oct. 30, in East Lansing. 

One Michigan State football fan was set ablaze after he sat on a burning couch on Saturday, Oct. 30, in East Lansing. 

Screenshot/@ayethatslee Twitter video

On Saturday, celebrations turned to chaos in East Lansing after Michigan State Spartans beat rivals Michigan Wolverines 37-33 in a battle of top 10 teams.

At least one car was overturned and badly damaged and several couches and mattresses were set on fire in the streets as part of the eccentric tradition of burning couches after a Michigan State University victory against rival team University of Michigan, according to video uploaded by The State News reporter Drew Gotetzka.

One Michigan State football fan was even set ablaze after he sat on a burning couch. He was seen laughing as other Spartan supporters helped to extinguish the flames on his back. See the video, captured by Twitter user @AyeThatsLee, below.

Firefighters arrived to the blazes in the Cedar Village Apartments near Bogue and East Grand Village Street, according to The Detroit News.

Additionally, officers were prepared for trouble centered around the Cedar Village apartment complex which is located just off the MSU campus and there was a significant police presence in the area shortly after the Spartans won, according to Lansing TV station WILX-TV.

Days ahead of the game, in attempts to lessen the violence, the East Lansing Police Department shared a Facebook post telling people not to set fires and the consequences of doing so.

"Anyone caught setting a fire could face arson charges and/ or other charges," the post stated. "If community members see someone starting a fire, they should call 911."

Police told WLNS-TV that about 3,000 people were celebrating at the apartment complex shortly after the victory when the violence broke out.

It is unknown how many arrests were made following Saturday's mayhem on or near the campus.

Adding to the Saturday chaos, two people were found fatally shot inside of a home on the 3000 block of Halter Lane in East Lansing. Police have not said if there is a connection between the deaths and the mayhem that followed the Big 10 game.

Police were not able to say if the deaths were being investigated as a homicide or a murder-suicide, according to reporting by WLNS-TV. And, the identities of the victims have not been revealed.