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Booze ban causes mass riot at WSU

How a 1998 party broke out of control

Series: Crime Corner | Story 4

PULLMAN — Twenty-five years ago, on Sunday, May 3, 1998, a mass party that broke out of control due to an alcohol ban on campus led to several students being arrested and charged at Washington State University (WSU).

The incident occurred in an area known as College Hill, just west of the WSU campus, where roughly 200 people rioted during the early morning hours. A WSU ban on on-campus drinking allegedly provoked the riot. In the event, between four and a dozen individuals, along with twenty-three police officers, were injured.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., two police officers, one from WSU and...


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