Attendance Down At Chapel Hill's Halloween Bash
Posted November 1, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Halloween tradition was alive and well in Chapel Hill Monday night as thousands of partygoers stormed Franklin Street for the town's annual Halloween bash.
The Chapel Hill Police Department said Tuesday that approximately 50,000 people converged on downtown Chapel Hill, about 30,000 less than last year.
Despite the smaller crowd, police said there were several incidents reported, including fights, a woman being grabbed and a stabbing. Officers also issued 10 citations for alcohol violations and 11 people were arrested on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to carrying a concealed weapon to possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, according to the police department.
Orange County Emergency Medical Services provided assistance to over 50 people with the majority of them being alcohol-related cased, as well as a few assault victims, the agency said.
More than 360 officers from 16 law enforcement agencies across the state and 50 personnel from Orange County EMS were on duty for the event.
Streets were cleared of people at about 2:10 a.m. and opened to traffic by 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.