Amsterdam: A birthday party invitation that went viral on Facebook ended in rioting after thousands of revellers descended on a small town in The Netherlands.
The schoolgirl had planned a quiet celebration to celebrate her 16th birthday party with a small group of friends in Haren.
Merthe Weusthuis organised the gathering at her family home and sent out invitations via the Facebook, but made one mistake -- she forgot to mark the event as 'private'.
According to The Telegraph, as details of the party began to circulate, it was accepted by thousands, and on Weusthuis's birthday night, the event turned into a large-scale disturbance as 5,000 gatecrashers clashed with riot police outside their house.
The party became known as 'Project X Haren', inspired by the film 'Project X', in which three high school students throw a birthday party which spirals out of control.
According to the report, Merthe's father, Coen Weusthuis, a management consultant, told her to remove her Facebook invitation and call off the party, but the momentum proved unstoppable.
Fearing a likely outcome, Dutch police were put on high alert, as thousands of teenagers, many drinking beer and spirits, began gathering around the house.
By evening, tensions increased when it became apparent that there was no party for the crowd to gatecrash.
Violence broke out and 500 riot police were deployed, with officers equipped with helmets, shields and batons and attempted to clear the rioters away from the property.
The disturbances spilled over into Haren's town centre, where shops were vandalised and looted, journalists attacked, a car was set on fire, other vehicles overturned and street signs and lampposts damaged.
"My team had to confront aggression seldom seen in the Netherlands," Haren's chief police superintendent Oscar Dros said.