JACKSON, NJ — Police spent nearly five hours Sunday night, July 26 and into early Monday, July 27 breaking up a house party with more than 700 attendees observing Liberia’s 173rd Independence Day, according to a statement from New Jersey’s Jackson Police Department.
At around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2020, Jackson police responded to the house on a report of a suspicious incident, according to the statement.
After speaking to neighborhood residents, police said eventually the crowd “grew to an estimate excess of 700 people with well over 100 vehicles parked in the area,” according to the statement.
The owner of the house was contacted, and he told officers that he had “rented out the residence on Airbnb and was hosting a large party,” according to the statement. As the crowd continued to grow, police said the homeowner left the area, as “200 additional people arrived at the residence and the party began to expand.”
A flyer advertised on Instagram billed the event as a Liberian Independence Day party complete with a twerking contest and free food and jungle juice. Videos on Instagram show people dancing, drinking and smoking what appears to be hookah inside the mansion.