Airbnb trashed during Columbia County party

Dan Levy
Updated: October 21, 2019 04:38 PM
Created: October 21, 2019 04:32 PM

An out of control party involving 1,000 people ended with a trashed house in Columbia County. It happened over the weekend in Chatham.

Investigators say the venue where things got out of control was an Airbnb.


The minefield of garbage left behind after the Saturday night gathering suggests few of the people there had any regard for private property.

Not only were the grounds littered with empty and broken liquor bottles, not to mention plastic cups, the inside of the building also looked like it had been ransacked. There is overturned and broken furniture scattered about along with ripped up books and newspapers.

"There's a rumor out there that the people may have been from a certain college in the area," said Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett. "We haven't really confirmed that yet."

"I could hear radio traffic and it sounded a little hectic for a while," the sheriff added. "And finally it calmed down. And then the rescue squad was sent for a couple of injuries."

Bartlett says there were no arrests, but the investigation is continuing.

"This is a trend across the country, where people are renting Airbnbs and actually there's promoters from what I understand that will go out, rent them, at last minute put out the address, and people will come for a party. Pay so much, the promoters get money, and they're out the door," the sheriff explained.

Bartlett sys no criminal complaint has been filed yet. So from his perspective, no crime has been committed.

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