Three police officers were hurt while breaking up a huge party of up to 800 people near the University of Colorado in Boulder, authorities said.
Police in Boulder are reviewing footage Monday of the giant Saturday bash where between 500 and 800 rowdy — and largely maskless — revelers tossed bricks, rocks and other objects at officers when they were repeatedly told to disperse.
“At least three SWAT officers were struck with rocks, some of them approximately the size of a softball,” Boulder police said in a statement.
Several vehicles were also damaged in the chaos, including one that was flipped over by the unruly crowd — as well as an armored rescue vehicle and a fire truck that several people jumped on while it was moving, police said.
Footage of the bash shows fireworks being launched outside a home in the area known as University Hill. At another point, officers can be heard telling the crowd to break up the party and go home, citing “riot conditions.”
No arrests were made, but investigators are now combing through “hundreds of tips” in connection to the large disturbance that violated county public health orders, authorities said.
“The City of Boulder condemns the behavior of those who organized and attended the party and will seek the strictest consequences — legal, economic and when relevant, academic — for anyone who engaged in violence or destruction of property,” Boulder city spokesperson Sarah Huntley said. “We are grateful that the injured officers are recovering and that no one else was hurt in this dangerous situation.”
Any student who took part in the violence against the first responders or damaged property could be expelled from the university and not be readmitted, Chancellor Philip DiStefano said.
Citing a “potentially dire” public health risk, anyone who was at the party or came into contact with someone who was should quarantine for at least 10 days.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said the partiers showed “callous disregard” for their community while vowing that the people who destroyed property and assaulted first responders would be held responsible for their actions.
“There is no excuse for this conduct, especially while the people of this community endure the pandemic,” Dougherty said in a statement.
Jeff Zayach, executive director of the Boulder County Board of Health, said footage of the party was “shocking and disturbing” while noting the nearly 6,000 state residents who have died from COVID-19 in the last year.
“This disregard of mask wearing, disregard of social distancing, and disregard on limits on personal social gatherings clearly in violation of the orders from the state is unacceptable,” Zayach said.
Some students, meanwhile, did their part early Sunday to help clean up the mess left behind.
“I know a lot of CU students wouldn’t want to get up at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, but a lot of them did,” senior Hailey Breaker told KUSA. “It was just kind of shocking to see that some people would do this to our beautiful community.”