Three teens were arrested Saturday night and several people were escorted out of the Georgia State Fair but authorities could not confirm shots were fired in Central City Park.
One of the teens had to be tasered when resisting officers, said Chief Deputy David Davis of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. Deputies checked out reports someone was firing a gun near the parking lot by the levee but could not find any evidence shots were fired, he said.
The Bibb County Sheriff's Office patrolled the midway and the Macon Police Department covered the perimeter and parking lots.
Macon police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said she checked with her department after gunfire was reported by listeners of The Telegraph's Mix in the Morning radio and television program.
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"They had the usual fights ... , but nothing to do with gunfire," Gaudet said. "I can't promise you a shot wasn't fired but our guys had nothing and the sheriff's office had nothing."
Joy Story, president of the Exchange Club of Macon that sponsors the Georgia State Fair, confirmed there was a confrontation between several men on the midway and rumors quickly spread.
"The Bibb County Sheriff's Department was on top of it immediately and escorted a large number of blacks out of the fair," Story wrote in an e-mail to Mix in the Morning host Kenny Burgamy. "Word quickly spread that the fair was closed, gangs were fighting and shooting, but I never heard any shots."
Story said about 200 young people were in the area at the time but only about eight were escorted out. The Macon Police Department assisted in controlling the crowd, Story said.
"Any time you get that many young feisty men together they are not going to see eye-to-eye and next thing you know somebody starts swinging," Story wrote. "I hate this happened. We had 10 days of non-incidents and all of a sudden a few have to act ugly."
Davis said dozens of people started running in he midway for some unknown reason at about 10:15 p.m. Several women started fighting and were taken out of the park before deputies began clearing out the crowd. A group of men resisted officers and three of them were arrested. The ruckus did not appear to be gang-related, Davis said. The fair resumed normal activity for the rest of the night.
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