Stanford students celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden with a bonfire at the campus’ Lake Lagunita around 11 p.m. Sunday. About 40 revelers donned stars and stripes and gathered to sing patriotic songs.
CNN reports that U.S. intelligence and special forces including Navy SEALs raided a mansion-compound and killed bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan. Authorities buried the al-Qaeda leader’s body at sea, according to CNN.
Outdoor parties formed throughout the nation as news of bin Laden’s death became public. Television news networks showed celebrations forming in front of the White House and in New York City before President Obama addressed the nation around 11:30 p.m. EST.
Stanford students organized bonfire party through word of mouth and social media. A police cruiser approached the gathering with its emergency lights flashing around 12:30 a.m. An officer addressed the crowd:
“Ladies and gentlemen,” the officer said. “While the Stanford Police Department appreciates your celebration, please don’t engage in illegal activities – oh like, let’s say fireworks. You may continue your celebration.”
Watch as Stanford students sing the National Anthem as they celebrate the news of the death of Osama bin Laden
Barack Obama’s speech to the nation announcing the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden