Nike Foamposite Galaxy release canceled
(AP/ABC7) After hours of waiting in line, hundreds of people who camped outside of The Mall at Prince George's Friday morning for Nike’s newest Foamposite sneakers were told the release was canceled.
In the early-morning hours, police announced that Friday’s release of the Nike Foamposite Galaxy shoe was canceled due to safety concerns with the huge crowd.
Officers say another release date would be announced at a later time.
Despite the news of the cancellation, long lines remained outside the mall, waiting for the chance to purchase the shoes.
At about 10 a.m., a group of people who remained gathered at the Hyattsville shopping center rushed the doors, but still were not able to get into the mall.
A man was reportedly detained and cited for disorderly conduct.
“It was endless people running,” says Timothy Clocker. “It was like mayhem. People running all over the place. Pushing over people everything to get the shoes.”
Marcus Bailey got in line at 10 Thursday morning. He was highly disappointed when the Foot Locker decided not to sell the shoes, saying the large, unruly crowd made it dangerous to release them.
“I think the window was about to break at one point in time because everybody was squishing against the window trying to make a line,” Bailey says.
The price is listed at $220; however, the coveted kicks are reportedly being sold on Ebay and Craigslist for as high as $2,400.
Urban apparel store DTLR said via Twitter that they will have the Galaxy Foams on Saturday at their Minnesota Avenue, D.C. and Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore locations. Both stores are set to open at 8 a.m.
A trio came here from New York hoping it would be easier to score a pair of shoes in Prince George's County than in the Big Apple.
“Right now you can sell them for five times as much,” says Helen Velazquez of the Bronx. “I'm a girl. They don't come out in girl sizes, so I'm buying a pair just to sell them.”
Meanwhile, at an Orlando, Fla. mall, more than 100 sheriff's deputies in riot gear broke up an out-of-control crowd waiting to buy the new Nike creation.
Authorities say there were no injuries or arrests outside the Florida Mall late Thursday. The crowd began getting unruly as hundreds packed the parking lot, waiting to buy the Foamposite Galaxy, which was timed to be released during the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.
The Orlando Sentinel reported the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed. But one person ran toward Foot Locker and others followed. Authorities formed a line and used shields to push back the crowd.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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