CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said several individuals were cited for misdemeanor offenses this weekend after deputies responded to reports of a raucous party in an open field near the Cunard area.
Six deputy sheriffs, including two who were off duty, responded to the call after 911 operators received complaints about the party just after midnight on Sunday.
When they arrived, deputies found between 300 and 400 people gathered in the field listening to a disc jockey who was playing music over an "elaborate sound system."
Several individuals attending the party were cited for offenses such as alcohol and controlled substance violations and three vehicles were towed. Juveniles found at the scene were released to their parents or other responsible parties.
Deputies said that many people at the scene had traveled from across the state and country to attend the party. Vehicles at the scene were from all around the West Virginia, as well as from states including Virginia, Tennessee and Texas.
"Apparently this was somewhat of a spontaneous gathering and word of this event was spread throughout the area though the use of social media," Kessler said. "This event was held in a primarily residential area and several area residents were disturbed by the loud music and the general disturbance caused by such a large crowd."
Kessler said that while occurrences such as this are a rarity for the area, his department has dealt with several similar events in the past.
He reminded the public that large-scale gatherings such as this one should be held in areas that are open to the public and designated specifically for such events.
"You can't just find an open field in a residential area and invite a few hundred of your closest friends to come out and party with you," he said.