Philadelphia officials are weighing earlier curfews for young people after a “flash mob” Saturday night terrified onlookers and forced shops and restaurants to close early, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Currently, minors under 18 are required to be off the street by 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.
After thousands of teenagers and young adults swarmed the South Street corridor late Saturday, Dave Hammond of the South Street Head House District suggested a weekend curfew of 9:30 or 10, which he said could have greatly reduced Saturday night’s crowds. Mayor Michael Nutter and other officials warned teens that illegal behavior would not be tolerated. “It’s one thing to get together. It’s another thing to cause disturbance or engage in property damage or physical assault,” Nutter said.