Fight night crowd exceeds capacity

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Summerville Police and the Fire Marshal were forced to empty Buffalo Wild Wings September 14 for being approximately 200 over allowed capacity.
Around 7:30 p.m., police were called to do a property check on the restaurant because the business was expecting an unusual amount of patrons to watch a televised fight. Police did several property checks without incident.
However, around 10 p.m., management called police to come and manage a growing number of spectators gathered outside the business, watching the fight through the windows.
At that time, said the incident report, about five people were found outside and they quickly dispersed.
Around 11 p.m. police cruised by to find the parking lot overflowing into the parking lots of Seacoast Church and Captain D’s. People were standing again outside looking in. Concerned that the business was exceeding maximum capacity, police entered the business. Maximum capacity allowed is 251. They did a head count and realized there were about 400 to 450 people inside. They observed people struggling to move.
Police contacted the Fire Marshal who arrived and gave the manager 30 minutes to lower the number of people inside. After 30 minutes, when only three people had left, he demanded the manager comply. Patrons left the business without incident with the exception of one who was arrested for Public Disorderly Conduct.

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