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Squirt-gun fight causes thousands of dollars in damage

Youthful hijinks on a hot night that morphed into rowdiness are being blamed for the trampling of vegetation and the death of some koi fish at a pond in the middle of San Diego's Balboa Park.

Responding to Internet postings about the "second annual water-gun fight" at the park, several hundred revelers showed up Saturday night near midnight. As the revelry progressed, the Lily Pond outside the Botanical Building was damaged and some fish had insufficient oxygen as the water level dropped.

City workers on Sunday were busy cleaning up the mess, estimated at several thousand dollars. Police have promised an investigation.

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