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Trouble at Torrent Lounge on its second day of business

Trouble at Torrent Lounge on its second day of business
Trouble at Torrent Lounge on its second day of business
John Derossett

The newly opened Torrent Lounge in Towson, MD was the subject of a police probe early Saturday morning after pepper spray was discharged. This comes just one day after the lunge opened for business. The pepper spray caused some patrons to go into cough and vomit.

Baltimore County Police were called at 12:44 a.m. to the club, located in the 500 block of York Road. The call went out as a disturbance. When they arrived on scene, they learned that one of the patrons discharged pepper spray. Police called for a medic unit to the location as well, but no one was hospitalized.

One man was given a citation for disorderly conduct by police. He had apparently gotten into a fight with other patrons over who had actually discharged the pepper spray. Ean McNaney, 26 of the 5400 block of Fallriver Row Court n Columbia was the recipient of the citation after police said that he was cursing and challenging multiple people to fight with him. He was arrested after he would not comply with orders from the police officers a spokesman for the police department said.

The Fire Department closed a section of York Road for about an hour to enable them to ventilate the club building. The incident will also be reviewed by the Baltimore County Liquor Board.

The clubs General Manager, Jessica Warfield said, “We’re just happy that everyone is safe. It’s not a reflection of what we represent. This was just someone trying to be malicious. She went on to say that the incident occurred during a performance by the Disc Jockey duo Bassjackers and that the incident will not disrupt other planned events for the Grand Opening of the club this weekend.

The Torrent Lounge opened Friday after close to a year of renovations to the building that was once occupied by the Recher Theatre that closed in March of 2013. The theater had been found by the county liquor board to not be responsible for a 2012 event held there in September that drew a large and rowdy crowd that ended up flooding into the streets requiring a heavy police presence.