Several police departments break-up out of hand weekend party near UMass Amherst

Hampshire County

Several police departments were called to deal with a large party that got out of hand at an Amherst apartment complex last weekend.

Amherst police say they had to break-up a party Saturday afternoon when a large crowd of people gathered at the Townehouse Apartments on Meadow Street.

Police said empty beer cans were being thrown and people were climbing fences. 

Police ordered people to leave once the crowd spilled into the street. 

Townehouse Apartments serves as an off-campus housing for UMass students. 

UMass Amherst said they work closely with the Amherst Police Department and town officials to make sure students are responsible on and off campus. 

The university offers a Party Registration Program, where if you are hosting an off-campus party, the Amherst Police Department will give you a courtesy call and 20 minutes to break up your party if it gets out of hand. 

While no one was hurt Saturday, police considered the situation dangerous. 

Students told 22News the university does a good job when it comes to informing them about responsible behavior off campus. 

“There are many other measures that are put in place like information sessions about the safety that should be taken in weekends like this,” UMass Student, Jack Shehy said. 

Students are subject to university disciplinary action for any violations of state law. 

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