Kingston police break up 2,000-person party near Queen’s University

Kingston police estimate 2,000 people attended a street party in the University District on Wednesday, Sept. 1. (Photo courtesy: Kingston Police Service)

Kingston Police broke up a massive street party in Kingston's University District on Wednesday night as students begin arriving in the city for the start of the school year.

An estimated 2,000 people attended the party on University Avenue near the campus of Queen's University.

Police tell CTV News Ottawa University Avenue was declared a ‘Nuisance Party’ at 12:10 a.m., with officers issuing warnings over the PA system on the cruiser. University Avenue was cleared at approximately 1:30 a.m.

Four people were arrested and received Liquor Licence Act Provincial Offence Notices for being intoxicated in a public place.

Ten charges were issued for having open alcohol and one ticket was issued to a person under 19 for having/consuming alcohol contrary to the Liquor Licence Act.

The city of Kingston is asking students to avoid large gatherings this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University District Safety Initiative (UDSI) is in-effect from 11:59 p.m. Aug. 27 to 11:59 p.m. Sept. 19.

The city can issue Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) for Nuisance Party and Noise Bylaws infractions.