Police bust massive house party in Brampton after 1,500 teens show up
Published Saturday, May 3, 2014 11:08AM EDT Last Updated Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:28PM EDT
A Friday night house party in Brampton, Ont., got so big, it spawned its own hashtag and attracted a squad of police to break it up.
Peel Police made several arrests at a large house on Stanley Carberry Drive on Friday night, after more than 1,500 teenagers attended a raucous house party. Police discovered the party on Twitter, where it was being promoted under the hashtag #MansionParty.
Police said officers visited the residence earlier Friday night to warn the mother her house was being promoted for a party on social media. She said "I told my son he could have some friends over," according to police.
A neighbour who lives across the street from house said the son had informed them about the party on Friday morning. "He told (us) that they were just going to have a small party," he told CP24 on Saturday.
By Friday night, however, the neighbour said he was "shocked" by the number of partygoers at the house. He said there was a lineup of cars on the street at one point, and "packs" of teens were walking up to the house.
"From my window, I could see there was literally no room to walk in the house," he said.
When Peel Regional Police returned to the house on Friday night after several 911 calls had been made to complain about the noise, there were about 200 cars parked on the street.
"There was a potential, a real potential for something to happen, something deadly," Const. Thomas Ruttan told CTV Toronto.
According to one partygoer, the home was "completely trashed."
"There were a lot of broken windows," he told CP24 on Saturday outside the home.
Police say several teens were arrested for minor infractions, including underage drinking. No injuries were reported. The damage is estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Several photos and videos posted on Twitter and Instagram show the large house’s double-staircase and balcony packed with partygoers. Other images show a heavy police presence breaking up the party, including five police cruisers and a helicopter outside.
The 5,000-square-foot house, located on Stanley Carberry Drive near Mayfield Road and Goreway Drive, has reportedly been under construction for several years.
An investigation into the wild house party has been launched and police are asking neighbours to come forward about possible property damage in connection with Friday’s incident.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Calvin To