German teenager flees after Facebook party gaff

More than 1,600 people showed up to revel at a German teenager’s birthday party after she inadvertently invited the public to attend via Facebook, according to Hamburg police.

German teenager flees after Facebook party gaff

The girl, named Thessa, fled her home in the leafy Bramfeld section of Hamburg and alerted police after 15,000 Facebook users accepted her invitation ahead of her 16th birthday party, police spokesman Mirko Streiber said.

In her absence, a crowd of 1,600 mostly jovial revellers jammed into the street on a balmy evening in front of her house, while about 100 police were on hand to keep order until the early hours of the morning.

Thessa had unwittingly neglected to mark her party as private on the social network, police said.

Streiber said 11 people were taken into custody for violations ranging from bodily harm and resisting arrest, to property damage and violating explosives laws.

“It was by and large a peaceful party,” Streiber said. “There were some fires set alight, some acts of violence and with considerable alcohol consumption there was some property damage. There have been larger organised birthday parties in Hamburg but this may be the largest non-organised birthday party ever.”

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