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Forum Communications, Published September 06 2012

Thunder Bay police break up party that drew 1,000 people to rural property

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - Authorities here continue to investigate an out-of-control party last weekend that police say drew an estimated 1,000 people to a property south of the city.

Thunder Bay Police reported that officers were called to the property on Hacquoil Road, off Highway 61, late last Friday and early Saturday. The 25 responding officers found about 200 cars parked along the road and about 1,000 people on the property — many of them intoxicated and belligerent, according to a news release.

“When our officers did arrive, and they were actually entering the property, they had a lot of rocks thrown at them from behind. One of our officers was almost hit in the head with a small boulder,” police spokeswoman Julie Tilbury told the CBC in Thunder Bay.

After the party was broken up, police said, officers had to respond to calls of people walking down Highway 61 in the dark, and trying to break into a nearby museum.

The Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal newspaper reported that police said the party, which featured a DJ and a bonfire, was organized by a 19-year-old man who allegedly tried to incite the crowd when officers arrived. There has not yet been any decision on charges in the case.

The party took place on property owned by the man’s parents, the newspaper reported; they returned to the property after police had arrived.