Brazilians toss firecrackers at England fans, 14 caught

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Police arrested 14 Brazilians for throwing firecrackers at England fans at a bar in Sao Paulo before their team's World Cup match Thursday, allegedly a bid to provoke a brawl.

The Brazilians went on the rampage as fans gathered to watch the England-Uruguay game, which the South Americans won 2-1. Initial reports said that the Brazilians had thrown Molotov cocktails or flares, but police spokesman Romulo Gabrette Lara said that the projectiles were in fact relatively small firecrackers of the kind used at Brazil's traditional June festivals.

"They have powder, they make a big noise, but they don't burn," he told AFP. "They were thrown in the direction of the England fans." "The people who were in the bar ran, there was a commotion, but no one was hurt or hospitalized." Police said they had confiscated six flares and other fireworks from those arrested, plus a knife and brass knuckles.

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