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UNH police sorting out dozens of arrests at rave, apparent arson under investigation

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 19. 2011 10:44PM

Swedish disc jockey Avicii. 

UPDATE - DURHAM - University of New Hampshire campus police are still sorting out the mess from a disruptive concert crowd that resulted in 34 arrests last night and this morning.

Paul Dean, executive director of public safety, said police on Sunday were still trying to verify the names and addresses of the people arrested and that he would release the names on Monday once they'd been confirmed.

'We're only about 12 hours out from this,' he said at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 'It's not in anyone's best interests to release information that might not be accurate. We don't want to give you some names and find out somebody lied to us.'

Dean said 32 adults and 2 juveniles are facing charges that include public intoxication, alcohol possession, assault, assault on a police officer, criminal trespassing and theft.

As many as 5,000 people were at the Whittemore Center Saturday night for a concert by the Swedish disc jockey Avicii.

'Percentage-wise, it's a small percentage' of those attending the concert who caused the problem, Dean said.

While police were dealing with the crowd, firefighters extinguished a fire at a storage facility at the university's recycling center that fire officials said was suspicious. The state Fire Marshal's Office has been asked to investigate the fire, UNH media relations officer Erika Mantz said Friday night.

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Complete text of earlier article continues below.

DURHAM - About 30 people were arrested by University of New Hampshire police during a concert Saturday at the Whittemore Center while the Durham Fire Department dealt with a suspicious fire on the other end of the campus, university media relations officer Erika Mantz said.

Dispatchers said university police responded to a large, unruly crowd with numerous intoxicated people at the arena Saturday night during a concert, where the Swedish disc jockey, Avicii, performed.

'Unfortunately, with some of these kinds of concerts, sometimes you get crowds like this,' Mantz said.

Mantz said all of the arrests were drug- and alcohol-related. She said she didn't know how many of the 30 arrests were students.

'That's undetermined at this point,' she said.

She said about 3,500 to 4,000 people were at the concert.

Mantz said the heavy fire, which broke out at a storage facility at the transfer station on Water Works Road on the southwest end of the campus, is being investigated as suspicious and the state Fire Marshal's Office has been asked to investigate. However, she said, the fire is not believed to be related to the Whittemore Center crowd.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

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