Traffic on Interstate 225 came to a standstill on Sunday night as hundreds of cars were stopped in the middle of the road during a street-racing-related incident. In addition to causing a disruption in traffic, some people at the scene reportedly shot fireworks and brandished weapons.
According to the Aurora Police Department, about 600 to 800 cars were involved in a street-racing-related gridlock around 9:48 PM between Colfax and Alameda Avenues along southbound Interstate 225 in the Denver area. The interstate has since been cleared.
FINAL UPDATE: It is estimated 600-800 cars were involved. I-225 is clear of street racers for now. It is likely the group will continue engaging in street racing in various areas tonight to include the 33rd & Telluride area. Officers continue to try to manage the situation.— Aurora Police Dept 🇺🇸 (@AuroraPD) March 8, 2021
“They were also street racing in various areas as well as doing donuts, disrupting traffic, blocking emergency services from accessing the area by tying up the shoulders of the highway, letting off fireworks and reportedly waving weapons,” the Aurora Police Department tweeted at 11:02 PM.
The vehicles that were "intentionally blocking the shoulders” were reportedly doing so in an effort to keep police from quickly reaching the area.
At 10:26 PM, the police department tweeted that the area on I-225 was cleared, though that they expected people to “continue engaging in street racing in various areas," including the area near 33rd Avenue and Telluride Street.
No other information has released and it’s unclear if any citations were given out.