PALMER TWP., Pa. — A Thanksgiving Eve tradition was snuffed out early Wednesday night.

Police said they had to shut down the annual pre-game bonfire at Easton Area High School in Palmer Township, Northampton County, after several fights broke out in the crowd. One girl was sent to the hospital.

The bonfire takes place the night before the annual Phillipsburg-Easton rivalry football game.

The traditional bonfire, built by Easton Area High School students, will be lit on Wednesday night. 

A few thousand people were at the bonfire. We're told not too long into the event, a fight broke out. Police were able to break that up and said it was minor, according to a Palmer Township police officer.

Not long after the first fight, another one broke out between two juveniles, the officer said. Police said one of the teens, a girl, was left unconscious and had to be sent to the hospital. It was at that point, around 7:30 p.m., the police said they shut down the event.

The gathering would typically go until about 10:30 p.m.

The Easton and Phillipsburg football game will still be happening Thursday, as originally planned. That game will start at 10:30 a.m. at Lafayette College in Easton.

The game will air live on 69-WFMZ-TV and stream free on, the free 69News app, and the free WFMZ+ app

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