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Protestors burn representations of flags of some western countries including, US, France, Britain, Italy, and also Israeli flag. / AP Photo/Fars News Agency,Javad Moghimi

Watch flags being burned outside the DNC after protesters broke through barriers


A day of peaceful gatherings outside the Democratic National Convention turned chaotic Wednesday evening as some members of the crowd set fire to an American flag while others were arrested after breaking through a Secret Service perimeter fence.

Adam, who the events, described it as ten minutes of chaos. Two of those minutes felt dangerous.

The turmoil unfolded around the same time that President Obama took the main stage at the DNC.

Seven people were detained by Philadelphia Police and arrested by Secret Service around 10:50 p.m., according to a press release issued by Philadelphia Police.

Those arrested had broken through a perimeter fence and entered into what officials described as a secure zone on the other side.

The video Adam filmed on Broad Street in Philadelphia shows a large crowd gathered outside the perimeter fences that line the area surrounding the Wells Fargo Center.

An American flag is hoisted into the air where it is promptly set on fire and it burns.

Other members of the crowd can be seen throwing water on it while it steams.

USA Today's Natalie DiBlasio tweeted that as the scene became increasingly intense, Sanders supporters were urged to retreat in order to avoid being grouped in with anarchists.

Tommy Mashirck, who had just arrived from Boston Wednesday, said there were a few different groups in the area Wednesday.

"There was a little bit of friction and tension with another group, but all in all its been pretty peaceful," Mashirck said.

Mashirck said he believes one of the groups he had been referencing may have been those who burnt the flag.

"After that, I came over here and sat down," Mashirck said, speaking with Sinclair as he sat in front of the Secret Service perimeter. He was one of many peaceful protesters who did the same.

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