Updated 10/21/2012 11:15 AM
Washington Avenue Armory sets up new rules after event turns violent
After a recent event turned violent, the Washington Avenue Armory created some new rules. Party-goers got aggressive with police, which lead to multiple arrests and three injured officers. Our Madeleine Rivera has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- It was a drastic turn of events for party-goers who were just looking to dance on a floor covered with bubbles.
"The people were actually getting so close to each other that they were crushing other people against the barricades, causing a very dangerous situation," said Steve Smith, spokesman for the Albany Police Department.
The Washington Avenue Armory was holding a foam party on Thursday night. But, things turned violent before the party even started, after a crowd of nearly 2,000 people began acting out of hand.
"The event staff and the Albany Police Department made a joint decision to close the doors and start pulling people back," noted Smith.
Now, the Armory is taking action to make sure what happened on Thursday does not happen again. As a result, the Armory is implementing some new safety rules.
Now, they are requiring that doors open for dance parties no later than 7:00 p.m. These dance parties will also have to end no later than midnight on weekdays and 1:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays. There will also be separate lines for those who bought tickets online, those who already have hard copies of their tickets, and those who are buying tickets the day of the event.
Police officers said this isn't the first time they've dealt with similar incidents at the Armory, giving the venue even more reason to make the changes.
"Numerous amounts of people involved in drugs and alcohol abuse, and when you mix those with large amounts of people, there's going to be potential for problems. And, we've had problems with the Armory," said Smith.
Aside from setting up new rules and entry procedures, the Armory is also increasing security at these type of events. They said they will continue to work with the Albany Police and the EMTs. Despite Officer Smith's statement that they've dealt with the Armory in the past, the Armory said this is an isolated incident.