The Penn State riots have finally died down, hours after they began. Following the Board of Trustees' announcement that Joe Paterno had been fired, effective immediately, protesters converged on downtown State College, where they remained throughout much of the night. Police did mobilize while aggressively working to break the crowd up, and hours later it appears their efforts were successful.
In a sign things were truly slowing, police formed a line and began to march down Beaver Avenue to clear the remaining crowds, however small.
The scene is a far cry from what it was shortly after it was announced that Paterno was out as head coach. Just hours before, it was impossible to see the street, with a growing crowd enveloping downtown.
With a large portion of those who were gathered gone, the attention quickly turned to cleaning up the mess. Remember that TV van that was toppled early on?
The damage from Wednesday night's swarm is still unknown, though reports indicated multiple street signs and lamps were toppled at one point or another, in addition to other acts of vandalism. We'll know more as daylight breaks on Thursday and the damage is further assessed.
For more on the situation that continues to develop at State College, visit SB Nation's Penn State blog, which has been on the forefront of the story from the beginning, Black Shoe Diaries, and revisit this storystream for updates.