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Authorities in Utah County shut down large party in American Fork Canyon

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ALPINE, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah County officials were able to shut down large outdoor party in Alpine Saturday night, before police said it could have gotten out of control. 

According to Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon, authorities got information about a large gathering in American Fork Canyon. The party sponsors did not acquire the proper permits to operate from the United States Forest Service and the party was coded as an illegal gathering. 

The event, advertised as a “group camp out meant to bring the community together”, and required the purchase of a ticket, was attended by nearly 100 people within just the first few hours. The event started at 11 a.m. Saturday and was scheduled to last until Sunday at 3 p.m. 

Over 20 officers and deputies responded shortly after 5 p.m. to the area above the Silver Lake Flat. 

Cannon said they had just under ten illegal consumption violations, three marijuana violations and one supplying alcohol to a minor violation. One person was taken to jail for an outstanding warrant and disorderly conduct at the party. 

“We had at least four other individuals with warrants that were given warnings,” Cannon said. “In this kind of operation officer safety can be a major concern and taking officers away from that to write tickets can sometimes be a distraction to the main focus, to shut the party down safely.”

Cannon said they accomplished that goal which in turn accomplished the greater good of keeping others from arriving, the party growing out of control and the potential for additional drug related criminal violations, and as in some cases the possibility of sexual assaults from happening. 

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