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CNE closed early on Youth Day due to fighting, overcrowding, and false report of gunshots (VIDEO)

Eric Wainwright Aug 30, 2016 11:31 pm

For the second year in a row ‘Youth Day’ at the CNE acted its age.

Thanks to overcrowding, fights breaking out, and the report of gun shots (which police later confirmed was false) the CNE was shut down a half hour early.

In a statement on their Facebook page last night, The CNE had this to offer:

The CNE is experiencing one of the busiest nights of the Fair as a result of the popularity of Youth Day. CNE organizers are winding down operations early as a proactive measure to curtail overcrowding and ensure the safety of our guests. We have deployed additional staff and external resources to facilitate the imminent exit of an exceptionally large number of visitors, especially younger patrons who rely on public transit to safely get home. 

It wasn’t long before a large number of police were called in to escort people safely from the premises:

Below are a couple of videos of the mayhem that lead to the decision to close the fair down early. Youth Day provides a reduced cover ($6) for those 17 and under if they enter the fair before 3 pm. Though, after two years of having to shut down early, the night’s safety and future are being heavily called into question.

Eric Wainwright
Eric is the Toronto City Editor for Daily Hive and previously the Editor-in-Chief at He is highly educated. He knows words. He has the best words.

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