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Cops in riot gear break up Nike shoe ruckus

More than 100 law enforcement officers in riot gear broke up an out-of-control crowd waiting to buy the new basketball shoes timed to be released during the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.

Authorities say there were no injuries or arrests late Thursday outside the Florida Mall. They said the crowd grew unruly as hundreds packed the parking lot waiting to buy the limited-edition Nike shoes, priced from $90 to $175, according to Foot Locker.

The retailer is releasing 16 versions of All-Star Weekend sneakers. The Jordan 2012 Year of the Dragon shoe, priced at $223, is scheduled to go on sale on Feb. 25.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed. But one person ran toward the Foot Locker and others followed. Authorities formed a line and used shields to push back the crowd.

WESH.com reported that even after Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies announced there would be no shoe release at the Foot Locker store on Friday, the crowd remained. They waited in parking lots throughout the night.

Members of the crowd said the shoes are a limited edition and they do not want to miss out on buying them, WESH.com reported.

"Due to safety concerns, we are canceling the All-Star releases this weekend ... at the following Foot Locker House of Hoops stores: Florida Mall, Pembroke Mall, University Mall in Tampa, Southlake Mall and PG Plaza," read a statement released Friday on the Foot Locker website.

"Our priority is the safety of the community."

At a mall in Hyattsville, Md., police said Friday they arrested one person for disorderly conduct as a crowd of more than 100 awaited the shoes' release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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