St Paddy’s Day bash turns into riot

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Police detain a participant in the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” near the University of Massachusetts

A ST PATRICK’S Day party spiraled out of control in Massachusetts – leading to 70 arrests.

Police in riot gear were called to sort out the pre-St Paddy’s Day bash in Amherst – dubbed the “Blarney Blowout.” They came up against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers.

Four officers were injured in the clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans and snowballs, officials said.

Amherst police said early Sunday that 73 people had been arrested after authorities spent most of the day Saturday attempting to disperse several large gathering around the UMass campus for the party traditionally held the Saturday before spring break.

The partying carried through Saturday evening into early Sunday, and Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said in a statement that police were busy with numerous reports of fights, noise and highly intoxicated individuals.

Gundersen called the daylong partying “extremely disturbing and unsafe.”
“Perhaps one of the worst scenes we have ever had with drunkenness and unruliness,” Gundersen told The Republican in Springfield. “It is extremely upsetting. It is very dangerous.”

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