In Helsinki the authorities had more serious issues to deal with. Police were attacked with bottles, fireworks and rocks after breaking up a mass brawl on Hietaniemi beach, and eventually detained four under-18s.
“A group of young people behaved aggressively towards police,” said Inspector Tuukka Skottman of Helsinki police. “Fireworks were fired at police.”
According to a press release from the Helsinki police department, officers were called to the beach just before 2am to break up a fight.
When they did so, the release says they were surrounded by a crowd. which then began to attack them. Police said they used pepper spray to disperse the crowd after several warnings were given.
Windows were broken on at least six police and three private cars, and some police suffered mild injuries, according to the police statement.