2 arrested, several hospitalized during ‘Blarney Blowout’ in Amherst
AMHERST, MA. (WGGB/WSHM) - Dozens of students were transported by ambulance and two were arrested during the annual Blarney Blowout weekend in Amherst.
Blarney Blowout is known as one of the university’s largest party weekends where hundreds of college students attended.
UMass and other neighboring colleges took part in the early St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Amherst, we’re told that excessive drinking left dozens needing medical treatment.
According to the Amherst Fire Department, none of the cases were life-threatening, but Amherst town and college officials handled 28 requests for ambulance transport which prompted additional resources.
“I saw plenty of cops,” said Ronan Lambert. “It was very hectic. This whole street was booked up with students and faculty. Cops were everywhere.”
Amherst Police and UMass Police reported two arrests for underage possession of alcohol.
Edward Blaguszewski, a spokesperson from the University of Massachusetts Amherst told Western Mass News in a statement in part:
“AFD and UMass officials said many students were observed carrying plastic gallon containers, believed to be “borgs” (black outrage gallons, a mix of alcohol, electrolytes and water).”
This type of mixed drink has been growing in popularity in recent weeks. The hashtag has received nearly 75 million views on TikTok.
Western Mass News witnessed a large police presence from neighboring communities such as Northampton, Chicopee, Easthampton, and the Massachusetts State Police.
Several UMass students told us they have noticed a large police presence this Saturday afternoon compared to years in the past.
“Probably didn’t even see cops last year,” said Mia Dellestrio. “This is the first time we’re actually seeing them, it’s the first time they told us to leave. So, its definitely different this year than last year.”
Dellestrio told us the added security measures are a welcome sight for her and her friends.
“Some people are probably like ‘oh my God, the cops are here,’” said Dellestrio. “But I’m glad the cops are here. Obviously, as girls again, we’re glad to see them here supervising us. We’re definitely glad to see them here patrolling things and keeping us safe.”
UMass officials confirmed the university will assess what happened this weekend and consider steps towards improving alcohol education and intervention. Currently, the university requires students to take part in an education course called, “AlcoholEdu” which covers the dangers of binge drinking.
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