Fireworks fight leads to suspension of two fraternities at Miami University

OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, has suspended two fraternities over an incident last weekend involving a fireworks battle between fraternity houses that police say led to the discovery of illegal drugs.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Kappa Tau chapters at Miami University were suspended Thursday. The university said the suspensions are temporary, pending the outcome of a full investigation.

Police say they responded early Sunday after reports that people in the houses were shooting fireworks at each other. The Phi Kappa Tau chapter has had its charter suspended after police found fraternity members shooting fireworks from the third floor of the house toward the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house just after 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

When fraternity members didn't cooperate with officers, police got search warrants and found fireworks as well as drugs like marijuana and cocaine in both houses. Drug paraphernalia was also found, according to authorities.

"It was just kind of disappointing to see the lack of cooperation from them," said Oxford police officer Sgt. Jon Varley.  "They're supposed to be setting the example on campus, and this is not the example I'd want for my kids to follow."

Varley said the incident could have turned out much worse if the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house had caught fire, as some residents of the house slept through the fire alarm.

The incident happened less than a week after Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visited his alma mater. Mitt Romney's running mate graduated from Miami in 1992 and was the school's commencement speaker in 2009.

Charges haven't been filed, but police say they are pending.

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