A crowd of several hundred people shot large bottle rockets and other illegal fireworks at Alton (Ill.) PD officers who responded to a housing complex late Sunday and early Monday, The Telegraph reports.

"I'm so angry," Alton Police Chief David Hayes told The Telegraph. "This type of conduct is not supposed to happen in civil society. This was obviously intended to be entertainment for the crowd."

Officers responded on three separate occasions to the housing complex. Police used pepper-ball guns and at one point pursued attackers in an attempt to restore order.

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