Toronto police had to bring their mounted horse unit to the CNE on Tuesday night to initiate an early closure of the fair.
Reports of overcrowding, and minor fights resulted in exhibition features and rides shutting down about three hours earlier than scheduled.
— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) August 31, 2016
Police said there was no risk to public safety, and no serious incidents or injuries.
Officers did have to close down Fleet Street and Strachan Avenue to allow pedestrians to exit.
This was the CNE’s youth day, with a discounted admission of $6 per person after 5:00 P.M.
Normally, the CNE closes it’s gates at 10 p.m., with rides and other attractions running until midnight for those already inside.
A spokesperson for the fair said organizers did not want to take any chances, and instituted the early closure in the interest of public safety.
Last year, “general disorder” caused the midway to close one hour early on Youth Day.
“There were concerns over gatherings and behaviours. We got 911 calls from people who were there,” said Const. Victor Kwong, adding that due to the serious nature of the calls police and CNE officials chose to shut down early at 11 p.m. in 2015.
Three people were arrested, two of them charged with assaulting officers. A third teen was charged with drug procession.
Please note the CNE is closing early tonight, Aug 30. Details: https://t.co/V4UPqJC1VE
— CNE (@LetsGoToTheEX) August 31, 2016
CNE Grounds, there is a large amount of foot traffic leaving the grounds for the night. Use caution, plan an alternate ^cb
— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) August 31, 2016