Photo of a large crowd dispersed by Salisbury police on Saturday afternoon.

Police in Salisbury said officers used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd Saturday, after rocks and bottles were thrown at officers. The incident occurred in an off-campus housing area near Salisbury University.

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan said officers were called to the scene because of reports of a large crowd.

According to police, 500 to 700 people, including college students, were gathered near Hazel Avenue and Smith Street late Saturday afternoon. Duncan said officers used pepper spray because of the bottles and rocks that were being thrown at them.

The police chief said five people are facing charges, but their names and the charges were not immediately available. The crowd was dispersed and no injuries were reported.