Police detain a participant in the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Police have arrested more than 40 people participating in the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst.
Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen says that 44 people have been arrested and four officers suffered minor injuries as they worked to disperse thousands of unruly students in several large crowds on Saturday.
Police had to use pepper spray to disperse a crowd of students outside an off-campus apartment complex who were throwing beer cans and bottles at police.
A spokesman for UMass says that students arrested will have details of their behavior reviewed under the school's code of conduct. Sanctions can include suspension or expulsion.
Most have been charged with failing to disperse and disorderly conduct.
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