GYMPIE'S Australia Day was marred by an all-in street brawl at Mt Pleasant, in which up to 25 young men, one armed with a metal bar, clashed in Mt Pleasant Rd.
Police were alerted by several Triple-0 calls from the area and were searching several suspects caught in a car, said to have been seen driving away from the scene of the brawl.
Witnesses reported a blue Holden Astra leaving the scene. It was intercepted in Tozer St and five young men were in custody within half an hour of the incident, first reported at 3.45pm.
One young man, said to have been hit with the metal bar, left blood in the gutter outside a Mt Pleasant Rd home.
A witness said about 20 to 25 people were involved in the incident, outside a house where another group of males had gathered on the footpath.
"There were about five young fellows on the other side of the road," she said.
"They ripped their shirts off and one had a short pole and ran across the road with it.
"They were all punching on with the ones outside the house.
"Then about five or eight of them ran off down a dead end street towards One Mile," she said.
Police late on Tuesday afternoon were still investigating the incident.