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Fans Rush Gates at Concert

June 25, 1999

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Police from several northern New Jersey towns converged on a hip-hop concert at the Meadowlands sports complex Thursday night to quell a disturbance by people who weren’t allowed into the show.

Some concertgoers said fans without tickets rushed the gates at the Continental Airlines Arena, prompting security to shut the gates and bar anyone, even ticket holders, from entering. Authorities said those kept out didn’t have tickets.

State Police reported a few minor injuries but did not have information on arrests late Thursday.

The sold-out event at the arena featured Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Q-Tip and Nas Escobar. The sports authority said 16,000 people attended the concert, which was not canceled.

``Some people who didn’t have tickets tried to get inside the gates, and they knocked over a fence and tried to get past some event people,″ said John Samerjan, a spokesman for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which runs the complex. ``So the State Police shut it down.″

Raheem Abdulah of Newark said people crowded the gate to show their tickets, but were yelled at by State Police and told to back up. He estimated the crowd at the gate to be at least 100 people.

State Police said the situation was brought under control, but many officers and troopers remained on the scene.

Police departments from several northern New Jersey towns assisted State Police and New Jersey Transit Police.

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