Police Find Massive Party at Rented Long Island Home

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) -
This photo, provided by the New York City Sheriff, shows the scenes at an illegal night event, Nov. 13, , in a warehouse in the Bronx borough of New York. The police broke up a 200-person party. (New York City Sheriff via AP)

Police broke up a massive party at a Long Island home after getting calls about an influx of cars and people, including from the homeowner who had rented out the property and who notified authorities after seeing the crowd on security cameras.

Authorities went to the gated estate in Brookhaven, New York, in the early morning hours on Monday and found up to 400 people, a violation of the state’s prohibitions on gatherings during the pandemic.

“I just think there are some people who, despite all of the warnings and the damage that we’ve seen from this virus, don’t think they need to follow the rules and aren’t concerned about others,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told The New York Times.

Authorities said the house had been rented through an app, and were trying to determine if the renter was responsible for putting on the party. No arrests have been made.

Those at the party when the police arrived were told to leave, and no summonses were issued.

Officials said no charges were being levied against the homeowner, who had shown them proof that he had made the gathering limit clear to the person renting the property.