Large house party in Howell under investigation

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HOWELL – The Howell Police Department is investigating the circumstances into how a crowd of 300 people were in attendance at a house party in the Ramtown section of the municipality on the afternoon of Aug. 9.

According to a press release, officers responded to a home on Wilson Drive to disperse hundreds of people who were attending what police described as a “pop-up” party.

Most of the attendees were compliant, while some were hesitant to comply with police and others were directing their anger toward the host who charged admission to the event, according to the press release.

Police said the attendees, most of whom were not from the area, eventually left the area without incident. The party’s host was arrested, but the charges that were lodged against that individual were not listed in the press release.

Howell police said an investigation into the incident will continue. Mutual aid at the scene of the party was provided by police departments from nearby towns, and by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriffs Office and the New Jersey State Police.

The incident in Howell occurred two weeks after a party at a rented home in Jackson attracted a crowd estimated at 700 people to a residential neighborhood.