Chairman: Small Fight At Auto Show 'No Big Deal'
Show Forced To Close Half-Hour Early, Station Reports
Posted: 12:43 a.m. EST January 12, 2003
A small fight near one of the displays during the first day of public viewing at the 2003 North American International Auto Show reportedly shut down the show a half-hour earlier than the scheduled closing.
Local 4 reported that police were called to the Cobo Arena around 9:25 p.m. after reports of a fight near one of the show's display.
A witness told Local 4 that there were several small fights inside the arena and outside in the lobby area.
Bill Demmer, chairman of the North American International Auto Show, confirmed that there was a small fight, but said it was "no big deal" and that most of the patrons at the show didn't even know anything was out of the ordinary.
Local 4 reported there had been one arrest, but no one was injured.
Demmer said the auto show is a safe place for visitors.
Two years ago, police were called to Cobo Arena because of a fight during the 2001 auto show. Six men were arrested during what many described as a chaotic situation. Police said they were able to bring the scene quickly under control.