73 arrested Massachusetts partygoers violated a number of public disturbance laws Saturday. A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration known as the annual "Blarney Blowout" brought a host of problems at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Boston.com reported March 9 that police dealt with thousands of intoxicated, out-of-control people. About 73 were arrested at the Massachusetts celebration in addition to four police officers being injured.
According to the report, student were warned last week that a larger police presence would be at the celebration this year. Last year there were only six arrested.
Amherst police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said the all-day partying was ‘‘extremely disturbing and unsafe.’’
‘‘Perhaps one of the worst scenes we have ever had with drunkenness and unruliness,’’ Gundersen said. ‘‘It is extremely upsetting. It is very dangerous.’’
Authorities said many were throwing bottles, rocks, cans, and snowballs. Police said they were forced to use pepper spray to ward off the "assaultive behavior" of the large crowd. Police had riot gear on and four of them got hurt in the attacks. None of the officers were seriously injured, however.
UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski is taking the incident of 73 arrested Massachusetts partyers seriously. He said "students who were arrested will be reviewed under the school’s code of conduct and sanctions could include suspension or expulsion."
Charges against those detained over the weekend include "riot, failing to disperse, disorderly conduct, liquor law violations and assault and battery on officers."
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