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73 Arrested in Massachusetts 'Blarney Blowout'

Sunday, 09 Mar 2014 08:36 PM

A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual "Blarney Blowout." 

Officials said Sunday that 73 people were arrested and four officers were injured in the clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans, and snowballs.

Amherst police said 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.

Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen has called the partying "extremely disturbing and unsafe."

UMass denounced the "unruly behavior." A spokesman says students who were arrested will be reviewed under the school's code of conduct and that sanctions could include suspension or expulsion.

UMass and Amherst officials took action like other colleges and towns to try to prevent problems. The university warned students last week about an increased police presence and Amherst police prepared for large-scale disturbances.

Colleges around the country have gone on high alert around St. Patrick's Day including Penn State and the University of Illinois.

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A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual Blarney Blowout.
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