Halloween crowd hit 30,000

Chapel Hill event drew more people than last year
Nov. 01, 2013 @ 07:49 AM

Halloween on Franklin Street drew a crowd of approximately 30,000 people, Chapel Hill police said shortly after 1 a.m. Friday.

That number was up from the estimated 22,000 people at last year's celebration, but still far short of the 80,000 or more in 2007. That year's peak led the town to emphasize its "homegrown" celebration, essentially restricting the events to students and local residents.

The downtown streets were cleared of people at 11:45 p.m., police said in statement. The streets were reopened to traffic around 12:45 a.m., after being cleaned by town crews.

No arrests were made in the closed area in and around Franklin Street.

Orange County Emergency Medical Services responded to 15 calls related to alcohol intoxication. Seven of those treated were transported to UNC Hospital for further evaluation.  Last year, EMS responded to four calls and two were transported to the hospital.